How Jadon Sancho gets close to the Premier League, how could other Dortmund stars get along after transfers?
Premier League scouts will often keep an eye on Borussia Dortmund when asked to comb Europe for the best talent available – and with good reason.
Some of the best players in recent years have come through the German side – whether they started their careers there or signed by them. You just have to look at Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus as examples.
However, this skill in spotting quality has come at a price. Teams around the world often line up to take away Dortmund’s best players, and a group of teams in England have picked them up with mixed success in recent years.
This year, the club is once again facing a battle to hold onto their top assets, and Jadon Sancho will be the subject of a £ 100m tug of war between Premier League parties to bring the Englishman back home. Manchester United and Chelsea have both been touted as potential destinations for the 20-year-old.
But how did previous Dortmund stars perform after the switch to the top flight in England? Sports email takes a closer look at the big deals and considers whether the grass was greener to them after leaving Germany.
Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is strongly tied to a Premier League move this summer
Shinji Kagawa – Manchester United (2012)
Price: £ 14m
When the Japanese midfielder signed on to Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, there were high hopes that he would be the latest Asian star to flourish in Old Trafford following Park Ji-sung’s success, suggesting that the club could have benefited commercially from the sale of shirts and brand recognition in the Far East.
But it just didn’t quite come together for Kagawa – despite enjoying a relatively positive first season in which he scored six goals in 26 games.
The next campaign was less impressive – no goals scored in 30 games. Hailing from Dortmund, where he scored 29 in 71, this was a disappointing return.
When he signed for United, he said he would wear it [Dortmund], their big fans, and the whole city forever in my heart ‘. And so it was that he returned to the club after only two disappointing seasons in Manchester.
Shinj Kagawa’s Manchester United career did not shine and soon returned to Dortmund
Ilkay Gundogan – Manchester City (2016)
Price: £ 24m
A member of the famous Dortmund side that reached the 2013 Champions League final – and scorer of the first goal in their 2-1 defeat to Bayern at Wembley – Gundogan had been courted by many top clubs for some time. whole world .
After a series of illustrious screenings in the middle of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, he eventually left Signal Iduna Park after 157 appearances.
Under the now Liverpool boss, he won the Bundesliga and the German Cup, but eventually joined Pep Guardiola in Manchester City.
Ilkay Gundogan scored in the 2013 Champions League final for Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund squad
He quickly became a key member of Pep Guardiola’s Man City team, winning seven trophies
The midfielder has sustained injuries throughout his career and it didn’t look good when he broke his cruciate ligament in his first season on Etihad, missing almost the entire campaign.
But since recovering, he’s managed to largely control his fitness issues and became a key figure for Guardiola in City.
He won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and three EFL Cups – he played 154 games for the Sky Blues and scored 22 goals.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Manchester United (2016)
Price: £ 26m
The Armenian was highly coveted when he joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2017, earning much anticipation as he had just given Dortmund 23 goals and 15 assists last season.
Arriving alongside people like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, United fans licked their lips at the prospect of pulling the rope in midfield.
However, a spectacular scorpion kick goal against Sunderland would be his only notable highlight as he only started 15 times in the league, nine of which came off the bench, scoring just four goals.
Teams lined up for Mhkitaryan’s signature after a fantastic last season in Germany
But the Armenian career started to wane as he struggled to dazzle in the Premier League
He quickly fell out of favor at Old Trafford and was exchanged to Arsenal in 2018 in an exchange deal with Alexis Sanchez. But despite an impressive start with the Gunners – who scored twice and gave four assists in his first handful of games – he didn’t see his fortune increase.
As he played more games last season, he quickly fell under the pecking order under Unai Emery – and now admits he struggled to develop among the Spaniard. He will be loaned out to Roma this season and hopes to secure a permanent move.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal (2018)
Price: £ 57m
Perhaps the greatest success story of fate. Gabon international Aubameyang wasted no time making his mark on the Premier League when he arrived in the same window as Mkhitaryan and scored 10 goals in just 14 games under Arsene Wenger.
Despite commanding a high fee for a player who came in their late twenties, the attacker felt like a ready-made superstar when he signed and felt like the Gunners knew they were getting a class act after he scored 141 goals in 213 games for Dortmund.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of Arsenal’s best additions in recent seasons
The club knew the quality of the player they bought when he came from Dortmund for £ 57 million
His second year with the Emirates was particularly impressive as he finished the season as the joint top scorer with 22 strikes alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Flash forward to the present, Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in nearly a century of matches for the North London outfit, who now have to fight their own to hold him amid Barcelona’s reported interest.
Sokratis – Arsenal (2018)
Price: £ 14m
Another Dortmund star who came into contact with Arsenal was the Greek international Sokratis, who was brought in for his former teammates Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan – in the hope that he could bolster a leaky backline.
He had been with the Bundesliga for five years and won a German cup and was seen as an experienced leader who could make the Gunners’ defense more determined.
But 67 gigs later, he has yet to draw trees, with experts and fans still criticizing their back four and calling for additions.
Sokratis played regularly for Arsenal, but failed to provide a huge improvement in defense
The 31-year-old, who was guilty of mistakes, played 40 games in his first year with the Emirates and was part of the team that reached the Europa League final against Chelsea.
Unfortunately for him, he was also part of the squad that was beaten 4-1 by the Blues in Azerbaijan when Emery’s men missed the trophy and also finished fifth in the table.
But he remains an important part of the team at Arsenal and has made 19 starts this season under both Emery and Mikel Arteta.
Andriy Yarmolenko – West Ham (2018)
The Ukrainian international spent only one year with the German club, but was injured after leaving Dynamo Kiev – where he made a name for himself. He came to Dortmund after forging an impressive career with 137 goals in 341 outings.
He missed almost half of the season with a foot injury, but still managed to play 26 games and score six goals.
However, when West Ham called, the club seemed happy to make money as the West Londoners divorced £ 18 million for him.
West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko has been injured since leaving Dortmund in 2018
Unfortunately for the Ukrainian international, the same was true of injuries. He scored twice in his first 10 games at London Stadium before his campaign was brutally cut in October when he broke his Achilles tendon.
Yarmolenko made his comeback this season, playing 15 times, with three goals, before tearing his kidnap muscle over Christmas and not playing since.
Chrisian Pulisic – Chelsea (2019)
Price: £ 58m
During Dortmund’s most recent sale to the Premier League, they made nearly £ 60 million for a talented young player.
Christian Pulisic started his career with the club, playing over 127 games, gaining experience in the Bundesliga and Champions League and winning numerous admirers before Chelsea won his signature.
But just like Yarmolenko, the American has proven to be injury prone and has had a difficult season with Chelsea under Frank Lampard.
Christian Pulisic started his career with the Bundesliga before joining Chelsea for £ 58 million
He had to fight for his place on the team before showing why the club spent so much on him
With Mason Mount prominent and competing for places that remained bright on the wings, the American had to battle hard for his spot after showing a glimpse of his quality from the sofa.
But in October he started to come alive and a pivotal performance in Ajax’s Champions League win at Ajax was rewarded with a start against Burnley – where he delivered a hat-trick in a 4-2 win.
However, that form of f sharp hit and it wasn’t long before the injury hit that would rule him out for 13 games.
Frustratingly for Pulisic, the season was suspended around the same time he recovered – and he will have to step up his fitness and rehabilitation from home.