Chelsea have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic this January, with the American loaned back to the German side until the summer, yet many have continued to be impressed by Dortmund‘s ability to develop and sell talent for a hefty profit.
Pulisic, a 20-year-old, has signed for the London club for 64 million euros, earning Dortmund‘s sporting director Michael Zorc more plaudits.
“We have accepted a lucrative offer for Pulisic, given the little time he has left on his contract,” Zorc said upon announcing the deal.
Zorc, who spent 17 seasons playing for the Bundesliga side, has seen the club receive 475.85m euros in transfer fees during his current role at the club, while they have spent 305.94m.
“In the market, we must act differently and be quick when we want to attract players,” he said to Slate.
“We can’t always buy who we want and he have to try and locate talents.”
“We can’t compete with the big guys, if this were Formula 1 then they would drive a Ferrari and we are in a Mustang, so we have to be creative.
Between their academy and transfer strategy, Dortmund regularly profit from developing players and selling them on.
Ousmane Dembele signed as a 19-year-old for 15m euros from Rennes and was sold one year later to Barcelona for 115m, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived for 13m euros from Saint-Etienne and moved to Arsenal for 63.75m; these are just two examples of players who did well before subsequently moving on.
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