Clubs never like to admit that they might have to move a star player, one they would rather hold on to, but it appears that Borussia Monchengladbach are making peace with the fact that Mahmoud Dahoud is likely to move on from them come the summer.
With just a year left in his contract and having shown no willingness to extend his deal, a sale—and potentially a bargain sale—appears increasingly likely. The big question isn’t if, but where, with Liverpool former frontrunners and Borussia Dortmund current favourites.
“Nothing has changed,” said sporting director Max Eberl when pressed with questions concerning reports that Dahoud was set to be sold to Dortmund for just £8.5M a year after Monchengladbach reportedly turned down a £20M Liverpool offer for him.
“We have a great desire to extend the contract and I hope that we’ll end up sitting at the table together,” Eberl added. “If it does not work, he has a year left on his contract, so you would have to look into his eyes in the summer and see what is best for everyone.”
What would seem likely, if not perhaps best for Monchengladbach, would be a willingness by Liverpool to revive their old bid. An £8.5M Dortmund deal may not actually be in place, but that club’s interest does appear to be genuine.
Jürgen Klopp’s interest is genuine, too, though, even if Dahoud isn’t believed to be the top priority he was last summer when the club moved for him only to have their interest rebuffed. In the end, they moved on to Gini Wijnaldum, who has grown into his role well at Anfield.
A return to Europe, though, especially if it is to the Champions League, would necessitate a few big money signings to add both quality and depth to a squad exposed as too thin this season. And it appears now that Monchengladbach know they will have to do a deal.