Borrusia Dortmund chief-executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke has pledged to open up the Dortmund coffers to the disposal of Jurgen Klopp during the summer, according to Goal.
In a recent interview, Watzke claimed that in order to bridge the seemingly endless gap between Bayern and their rivals, money will have to be spent.
Dortmund currently lie 3rd in the Bundesliga table, seventeen points adrift of the Bavarians, this in spite of Watzke's presumption last year that such a gap would not be attained by the men from Munich. Watzke has since denied ever making such remarks, however it does raise the question of just how BVB can compete with Bayern in the long term.
Their revival as a credible force in recent years has led to a renewed determination from those within the club to turn Dortmund into 'the second lighthouse of German football', however with Klopp's back-to-back title winning squad slowly starting to dismantle to the benefit of Bayern (Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski), and Ilkay Gundogan a target for many, the Dortmund faithful are pondering over just how and when they will see their team pushing for the title once more.
Let us not forget that Dortmund were on the brink of financial despair only nine-years-ago, and whilst they remain one of Europe's elite forces there is a worry that Watzke's evident thirst for Bayern blood may threaten the excellent financial path that Dortmund have followed in recent years.
Many believed that BVB would still be there come May, with the arrival of promising, yet big money talent in the shape of Henrikh Mkihatryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arriving from Shaktar Donetsk and Saint-Etienne respectively. However injuries to the excellent defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic has seen Dortmund's season wobble since the start of November and has essentially rendered their title challenge helpless.
Klopp recruited promising Serbian playmaker Milos Jojic from Partizan Belgrade in January as extra cover due to a season ending injury to Jakub Blaszczykowski, and South Korean striker Ji-Dong Wong, currently on loan at Augsburg from Sunderland will join in the summer.
Reports in Germany have also suggested that personal terms have been agreed with Hertha Berlin Striker Adrian Ramos who has enjoyed a stellar season so far and has no doubt been eyed up to replace the Munich bound Robert Lewandowski
It will no doubt be an interesting summer for Die Borussen as they look to replicate the menace posed to Bayern in recent years, however care must surely be taken in order to guarantee that Dortmund remain on track financially.
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