Bellingham, Zorc’s last service

What was an open secret is now a reality. Jude Bellingham will be a new Real Madrid footballer. The white entity will disburse to the Signal Induna Park entity an amount of more than 100 million euros for one of the great jewels of European football. The Premier League checkbook, especially Manchester City and Liverpool, has not been enough in this case to convince a generational talent who never had any doubts about his future destiny. History and white greatness over money. The Briton, only 19 years old (he will turn 20 on June 29) will land in Concha Espina with the star sign, since he has already stripped himself of promise in Germany. The trophy for the best footballer in the Bundesliga last year endorses it. Like establishing itself as the football torrent of a Borussia Dortmund that caressed with conquer the Bavarian throne and end the hegemony of Bayern Munich. Almost nothing.

The Bellingham outlet is just the latest masterpiece of the exemplary work being done at the Signal Induna Park offices. A project characterized by raise talent in abundance and know how to get a slice like few others. Dortmund has established itself in recent times as one of the best-selling clubs in the elite of the king of sports, not wasteful, and a showcase in which many young talents display their potential to end up making the leap to a European giant. A club that is capable of making its transfers profitable like no other, with the permission of Seville or Porto, and that It has in Michael Zorc, the former sports director of Borussia, the main architect of the yellow success.

Bellingham’s arrival in Germany in the summer of 2020 bears his stamp. The then ‘architect’ of Dortmund traveled to Birmingham to snatch their pretty boy in a transfer that left its mark, because as a sign of generosity for the significance that the English left at St Andrew’s Stadium, Birmingham decided to retire the number ’22’ when Jude was barely 16 years old. A figure close to 8 million were to blame for the Stourbridge abandoning the islands and allowing the ‘blues‘ To be able to clean up the entity’s coffers thanks to said sale. One last case that marvelously demonstrates the Zorc’s hallmark, that of being a ‘headhunter’. After 17 years at the club, the German decided to put an end to his career in Dortmund last season and handed over the reins to another club legend, Sebastien Kehl. A legacy that is not forgotten at Signal Induna Park with Bellingham as Zorc’s last great legacy.

The art of signing well and cheaply

With Zorc at the controls, Borussia became a money-making machine. Such was the dimension of his work that, without counting Bellingham, the ten most expensive sales of the yellow entity were under his mandate. In total, an income of 585.75 million euros for the coffers of Signal Induna Park. With the British, the sale is the second largest in the history of Dortmund. In his resume of departures, some footballers who remained eternal promises such as Jadon Sancho or Christian Pulisic and others who never returned to the level shown in Germany such as Mats Hummels or Abdou Diallo. But there are other figures in that long list who have already established themselves in the elite, becoming world-class players and are classified as the two biggest sales of the club, with permission and without counting Jude. are the case of Erling Haaland and Ousmane Dembele.

In the case of the first, the now Manchester City striker is breaking all the records that have been and will be in the Premier League, but his career meant a before and after in his time in Germany. Once again with Zorc as the mastermind of the operation, the German went ahead of Juventus and Manchester United to sign a Norwegian who was beginning to destroy goals in Austria. For 21 million, Dortmund snatched RB Salzburg from a cyborg that He moved to the Etihad two courses later, where he has become inhuman. Similar situation occurred with Gundogan. The German midfielder arrived in Dortmund in 2011, from Nuremberg for 5.5 million and, five seasons later, the ‘citizen‘ they disbursed 27 ‘kilos’ in Signal Induna Park.

Erling Haaland, a Manchester City player, and Jude Bellingham, a Borussia Dortmund player, embrace after a match.
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Borussia’s other great business was Dembélé. In the 2016-17 campaign, the Germans traveled to France, specifically to Rennes, where at a rate of 15 million they took over the services of the then 19-year-old French winger. Despite the interest of big European clubs such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Barcelona, ​​Dortmund led by Zorc went ahead and took over his services. A season later, the Barça club threw the house out the window and signed Vernon’s for 140 million, making it the third most expensive sale in football history, only behind those of Neymar and Mbappé to PSG. Dream sale in Germany.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was the other great millionaire exit from Signal Induna Park. The Gabonese striker arrived in the summer of 2013 from Saint-Étienne with a difficult ballot. The one of Laval landed in the center of Europe like the substitute of a Robert Lewandowski that went away to the eternal rival, the Bayern of Munich. Four and a half seasons later, Aubameyang managed to make the Polish striker forget. 141 goals in 213 games with the yellow elastic were enough for Arsenal to deposit almost 64 million in January 2018. In total, close to 50 ‘kilos’ of benefit. Other of the names with which Dortmund has managed to make money with Zorc at the helm are Sokratis (20 million), Kagawa (16) or Sahin (10). An institution with an exemplary project with which they will once again try to govern in the Bundesliga, first without Zorc and now also without Bellingham.

The 10 most expensive sales in Dortmund history

Soccer playerDestinationFigure
Ousmane DembeleBarcelona€140M
Jude Bellinghamreal Madrid€103M
Jadon SanchoManchester Utd€85M
Christian PulisicChelsea€60M
Pierre Emerick AubameyangArsenal€64M
Erling HaalandManchester City€60M
mkhitaryanManchester Utd€42M
Mario GozteBayern Munich€37M
Mats HummelsBayern Munich€35M
Abdou Dialloparis saint germain€32M

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