Jude Bellingham, Gio Reyna, and the players most likely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer

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Despite spending big last year, the German giants are in danger of finishing the season trophyless, which in turn could lead to major squad surgery

After a promising start to 2023, everything has fallen apart for Borussia Dortmund. The German outfit were knocked out of the Champions League by a poor Chelsea side, beaten in the DFB-Pokal quarter-final by RB Leipzig, and handed a heavy defeat by Bayern Munich that seems to have them rattled in the title race.

And although they are only two points behind the struggling Bavarians in the Bundesliga, there is little about Dortmund's play to suggest that they might make up the ground in the final weeks of the campaign.

That's a problem, especially since Dortmund had an uncharacteristically big summer, spending north of €100 million (£88m/$110m) on new transfers, while also bringing in Niklas Sule on a free from Bayern.

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Still, for all of the new faces, similar problems have remained. Namely, Dortmund have been plagued by a lack of consistency and an inability to perform in big games.

It could all point to a summer clear-out, with a number of veterans approaching the end of their contracts, as well as some awkward fits that could bring in funds to refresh the squad again.

GOAL takes a look at some of the players who could leave Borussia Dortmund this summer...

  1. Luca Unbehaun
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    Luca Unbehaun

    Unbehaun has fallen out of favour at Dortmund after spending nearly seven years at the club.

    Once regarded as an ideal back up goalkeeper for the first team, he now finds himself as the No.2 for the reserve side, unable to get playing time in Germany's third division.

    With his contract up in the summer, an exit is pretty much guaranteed.

  2. Mats Hummels

    Mats Hummels

    A great of the German game, Hummels is now 34, and well behind Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck in the pecking order at Dortmund. That's not to say he's been an afterthought — Hummels has made 24 appearances this season.

    But his contract ends at the end of the year, and he would have to accept a pay cut and smaller role in order to stay at the club. Discussions are currently ongoing, but there's no clear solution imminent.

    There is also the possibility that Hummels turns his eyes abroad. The defender has only ever played in Germany and could be tempted by a move outside of the Bundesliga. A switch to MLS has been floated, although that would mean moving far from his son, who lives in Munich.

    Should Hummels leave, Dortmund will need to dip into the transfer market for centre-back cover. Nineteen-year-old Soumaila Coulibaly is the only other natural central defender currently at manager Edin Terzic's disposal.

  3. Thomas Meunier
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    Thomas Meunier

    Meunier has always been a bit of an awkward fit in a sporting sense, and his Dortmund career has never truly taken off. And now, the injuries have hit in droves. The Belgian has only played 19 minutes in 2023, and is currently out with an adductor issue.

    Dortmund, then, don't look likely to hold onto him. His contract expires next year, and no talks have reportedly taken place. Add to that the fact that Marius Wolf and Julian Ryerson can also handle the right-back slot, and Meunier has become surplus to requirements.

    A summer transfer could be on the cards, especially since Dortmund would at least get some of cash for the injury-prone right-back. Barcelona, in need of support in his position, could be among those interested.

  4. Felix Passlack
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    Felix Passlack

    Passlack has been a part of the Dortmund set up since 2012, but a series of loan moves have limited his opportunities with the senior side.

    He's only made four first-team appearances this season and has reportedly been in contact with Koln about a potential move away. However, Koln have been hit with a transfer ban, making a move there tricky to figure out.

    FC Copenhagen are also reportedly in the mix, and further parties are sure to be interested in the 24-year-old. Regardless, with his contract up this summer, Passlack is sure to be shown the door.

  5. Mateu Morey
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    Mateu Morey

    Morey has been the epitome of bad luck. The former Barcelona full-back has had three knee surgeries and has never really found any sort of rhythm after picking up a serious injury in May 2021.

    Fortunately, football is still a possibility for Morey. The once-highly-rated defender has been in the mix for Dortmund's reserves, but has only made one appearance this year.

    The club face a difficult decision this summer. There might be some minutes to be found at right-back, especially for a player of Morey's promise, but are they willing to wait for an injury-prone player to get back to his best after nearly two years out?

    Morey's deal expires at the end of next year, and Dortmund might just want to cash in at this point.

  6. Raphael Guerreiro
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    Raphael Guerreiro

    At the turn of the year, Guerreiro seemed headed for the exit door at the end of the season. He had lost his place on the left and seemed certain to see his contract dwindle.

    However, a tactical switch might yet have revived his career. Terzic has Guerreiro playing in a more central role, a move that has seen him become an expert playmaker, and the Bundesliga's leader in assists, too.

    The issue is that Guerreiro's defensive weaknesses are glaring. At times, he can even be a liability.

    For that reason, the club are yet to make a decision on handing the Portugal international a new deal. A two-year contract is reportedly on offer, but he could still turn it down and opt for a move elsewhere.

    Dortmund will, indeed, have full-back cover in the shape of the incoming Ramy Bensebaini — leaving the club the option to go either way. But Guerreiro has made his case.

  7. Nico Schulz
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    Nico Schulz

    Schulz stands as one of Dortmund's worst investments in recent memory. They shelled out over €25m (£22m/$27m) for the full-back, and he's never quite settled in the side, making only 40 league appearances in almost four years at the club.

    Dortmund have tried to get him off the payroll on a number of occasions, attempting to recuperate some of their investment while they still can.

    With the full-back out of contract in 2024, this summer is their last chance. There is some interest, with Atalanta and Lazio supposedly in for Schulz. How much they can command for the out of favour left-back remains to be seen, though.

  8. Mahmoud Dahoud
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    Mahmoud Dahoud

    Dahoud is the only player on this list whose future has been confirmed: he is certain to leave Dortmund this summer.

    He was a fixture in the side at the beginning of the season, but a shoulder injury ruled him out for six months, and he's struggled to break back into the team since.

    Dahoud is still regarded as a talent, and there are sure to be a number of teams interested in signing the 27-year-old on a free transfer. Arsenal, Napoli and AC Milan have all been linked with him.

  9. Jude Bellingham
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    Jude Bellingham

    Now this is an interesting one.

    Bellingham is the most desired player in Europe this summer, with a handful of teams vying for his signature. Manchester City and Real Madrid are reportedly in pole position, while Liverpool were in the mix for some time, but have been off put by the €150m (£132m/$164m) price tag the club have slapped on their star player.

    Real Madrid face a similar financial barrier. According to Sport, they are unwilling to spend more than €100m up front on the England midfielder. That narrows the field of possible destinations to just Man City, with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain potentially in the mix due solely to their financial muscle.

    There remains the possibility that Bellingham will extend his contract with Dortmund, if only to command a higher salary and perhaps even add a release clause to delay the upcoming saga for a year. Prepare for a summer rife with speculation.

  10. Marco Reus
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    Marco Reus

    Everything seems pretty clear here. Reus has insisted that he wants to stay, and the club has reportedly already offered him a one-year contract extension (albeit at just over half of his current salary.)

    However, Reus' management denied that a deal was already agreed upon; although they did announce that the player is in negotiations over a new contract.

    Still, there are some detractors who argue that Reus may be better off leaving his boyhood club. Germany legend Lothar Matthaus is among them: "Reus isn't getting any better either, the injuries will continue and, of course, he's getting older. If you don't trust Marco Reus 100 percent anymore, then you should find a reasonable solution that's good for both sides."

    An extension is possible, then, but Reus' days at Dortmund seem to be numbered.

  11. Gio Reyna
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    Gio Reyna

    Reyna is an immense talent whose season has been overshadowed by the scandal around his father's involvement with the US men's national team.

    And his life at Dortmund isn't getting any easier, either. He started the season with an injury, and despite popping up with a few important goals off the bench, has failed to convince Terzic that he should be a regular.

    He was offered a brief crack at the starting XI in January, but an unconvincing showing saw him once again relegated to the bench. Terzic, for his own part, has never really offered an explanation as to why Reyna isn't trusted to start.

    A split in the summer, then, could be a good move. Dortmund would undoubtedly receive a handsome fee for a player whose deal doesn't expire until 2025. Meanwhile, Reyna would get a chance to prove that he can perform at a high level elsewhere.

  12. Donyell Malen
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    Donyell Malen

    Malen was considered a flop for some time after Dortmund signed him for €30m(£26m/$33m) in 2021.

    However, he's found form in recent weeks, scoring four and setting up three in his last four contests — looking every bit the dangerous attacking talent Dortmund bought from PSV two years ago.

    Still, that doesn't mean he's sealed a long-term place at the club. These pockets of form have cropped up before, but Malen hasn't ever maintained a stretch of strong performances in a Dortmund shirt.

    There were scattered suggestions that the player could leave last year; those conversations could start again this summer.

  13. Anthony Modeste

    Anthony Modeste

    Modeste was an emergency summer signing after Sebastian Haller was diagnosed with testicular cancer shortly after penning a deal with the club, and he's been a massive failure as a last-minute transfer.

    Modeste's 20-goal return at Koln last year seemed to indicate that he could be a reliable striker for a top side, but that player has never really shown up for Dortmund. There have been some memorable moments, such as a last-minute equaliser against Bayern Munich, but otherwise, he's been an immense disappointment.

    The Frenchman's deal expires at the end of the year. Right now, there's no chance he gets an extension.