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The situation over at Borussia Dortmund is currently pretty bleak.
The Germans are struggling to keep up in the Bundesliga table and recorded a three-game winless streak leading up to the weekend, losing twice and drawing once in the process, though they returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
To add to their woes, their latest defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League has also put them on the edge in Europe and they will now have to fight until the last game to secure a place in the knockout stages.
Needless to say, this is a huge fall from grace for a team that was dominating Germany last season and came this close to snatching the crown away from Bayern Munich.
Still, one way to get out of the slump is to add fresh blood into the system and according to some recent reports coming from Sport Bild (via the Sun), they are looking to do exactly that.
The same report suggests they are planning to snatch Emre Can, a Manchester United target, away from Juventus as the midfielder is currently out of favour and could be an attainable player in the market.
His current value according to Transfermarkt sits at £29.7m but since he can only boast with 170 minutes across five games for the Bianconeri in the ongoing campaign, his value might be dropping along the way.
Still, this doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t be a good addition for Borussia Dortmund, who could definitely use his presence and strength in midfield.
Can managed to bag four goals and one assist in 2018/19 Serie A campaign when he was getting more regular game time and also averaged 1.1 shots and 0.7 key passes per game.
But it’s actually his defensive work combined with the attacking prowess that make him such a commanding persona in the middle of the pitch.
In 2018/19, he averaged 2.2 tackles and one interception per game while also maintaining 87.1% passing accuracy, confirming that he’s a well-rounded and safe option on the pitch.
Borussia could definitely use someone of his calibre in their ranks and the same goes for Manchester United, who are in a rather similar, but possibly even worse, situation.
The Red Devils are currently occupying the middle of the Premier League table and with one win in their last three games, could very well use some reinforcements themselves.
Can looks like someone eager to prove himself since he hasn’t been getting any real game time as of late and Old Trafford might also be a tempting challenge for him.
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