Borussia Dortmund will reportedly rival Arsenal in their pursuit of Nuremberg striker Josip Drmic in the summer transfer window, as the Bundesliga club look to soften the blow of Robert Lewandowski’s departure with at least two additions.
Lewandowski will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer at the end of the season, and Borussia Dortmund have already moved to recruit Adrian Ramos from Hertha Berlin. But, according to Kicker, Jurgen Klopp also has Arsenal target Drmic in his sights.
It was recently claimed by German icon Lothar Matthaus that Arsenal have already agreed a deal for Drmic, and that the Swiss striker’s partner has since been in London looking for properties. Drmic, though, has denied this is the case. Matthaus has since responded to reinforce that an £8 million transfer to the Emirates Stadium will be completed.
This apparent uncertainty over a proposed Arsenal move may have opened the door for Dortmund, who are unlikely to get the consistency of goals that Lewandowski has been able to provide solely from Ramos.
Lewandowski has scored 99 times in 176 appearances for Dortmund but, while he has historically been more prolific than Ramos, has only one more goal than the Colombian in the Bundesliga this season, with the latter’s 16 strikes equal with Drmic.