Borussia Dortmund are one of the most well-run clubs in the world, and they are famous for their transfer strategy. The club refrains from spending a lot of money on players, rather identifying talented youngsters across the world and turning them into world-class footballers.
As a result, they manage to sell their players for a huge profit down the road and Dortmund have made quite a number of massive sales throughout the years. So, here are the top five most expensive departures from the Westfalenstadion.
5. Mario Gotze – £34m
Gotze came through the academy, and was initially sold to Bayern Munich to the shock of then-manager Jurgen Klopp. He was later signed back by Dortmund in 2016 for £19 million and currently plays for PSV in the Netherlands.
4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £56m
Aubameyang was signed as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who was signed by Bayern Munich for free. The Gabon international was an extremely influential figure for the club, and was named the Bundesliga Player of the Season in 15/16. He was then sold to Arsenal in January 2018 for a record transfer at the time.
3. Christian Pulisic – £58m
Pulisic was signed by Chelsea in winter 2019 before being loaned out to the German club for the remainder of the season. He is currently the most expensive American player, and currently wears the number 10 shirt for the European Champions.
2. Jadon Sancho – £72.9m
Sancho was recently signed by Manchester United, making him the second-most expensive English transfer in history before Manchester City signed Jack Grealish for £100 million to break the record. He has taken up the number 25 shirt and was pursued by a host of clubs prior to his switch to Old Trafford.
1. Ousmane Dembele – £96.8m
Although his time at Barcelona has been plagued by injuries, Ousmane Dembele is the most profitable sale made by Dortmund in their history. The French winger was very impressive for the German club for one season before making the move to Camp Nou and is still one of the most high-potential youngsters in the world.