After registering Erling Braut Haaland, Borussia Dortmund has made yet another interesting move that really does little to boost their capacity to shield. On New Year’s Eve,’ ESPN and many others reported that Dortmund has agreed to a deal which will send defensive midfielder Julian Weigl into SL Benfica. Based on Reuters, the move cost the reigning Portuguese winners $20 million, that will be roughly what Transfermarkt put his worth at. Weigl made 171 appearances for Dortmund but believed it was time.”Julian came with this desire, and we consented –also due to his services to the team,” Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc explained. “We wish him all the very best for his future.” Weigl was a PSG transfer goal. In 2018, Dortmund desired $75 million from PSG based on Bleacher Report. Last summer, director Thomas Tuchel confessed he was considering registering the Germany international based on Target however that bargain probably did not happen because of Dortmund’s lofty asking cost. It is interesting that after putting a high cost for Weigl they let him depart for Portugal for under market value. Weigl could have checked plenty of boxes for PSG. At 6’2″, he is a tall defensive-minded midfielder who would have led right away for the reigning French champions. His familiarity with Tuchel is a benefit. Regrettably, Dortmund and PSG drew each other at the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League and the team never wanted to fortify a rival. On the other hand, PSG will be benefited by the move of Weigl into Benfica. Dortmund has struggled this year and losing a seasoned defensive midfielder is not likely to help things. Sure, Haaland will unite with Marco Reus to get an attack and Jadon Sancho, but who will step up defensively to prevent Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardo, Kylian Mbappé, and Neymar Jr.? You see their problems if you saw their match against RB Leipzig. They are not usually big spenders although the January transfer window just opened so Dortmund has the time. They have made two moves but PSG are the ones to gain and potentially advance from the Champions League.


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