I’ve been mulling on this for a while, but I think there’s cause enough to scribble it down. I’ll try keep it brief. Mario Götze might well have end up doing Dortmund a favour by leaving this summer.

Götze is currently a wonderful player, for sure, but is not yet the finished article. In selling him, Dortmund find themselves shorn of a lynchpin of the team but, because he is not the finished article, shorn of a player upon whom they can improve when signing a
replacement.

Football clubs value potential almost as highly as they view actual talent (witness the price of Neymar) and with Götze having that in spades, he was able to command a huge transfer fee when he moved to Bayern München.

He will, not being the finished article, play every week for Bayern (much less because the Bayern squad has deeper quality, he will be rotated more) as he did, and his replacement will, for Dortmund.

As such, Dortmund have been given a vast amount of money to sign somebody who will feature every week, and can point to he will be playing for a team who just reached the Champions League Final and have, in the very recent past, won two Bundesliga titles. It is, in short, a very easy sell to a player. In short; though Dortmund may pay less in wages than Bayern, other than that, there is little to separate the sides in terms of ability.

Dortmund, then, have the possibility of bringing in a player who is closer to the finished article than Götze, and thus improving their side, by letting him move on. The players I am hearing being mooted to come into that breach fall on either side of that divide – they either exhibit potential (Delofeu) or have excelled at a team who are financially less robust than Dortmund (Eriksen).

Yes, losing Mario Götze would undoubtedly hurt this season’s Borussia Dortmund side, but this season is over now. Next season is a completely different kettle of fish, and with a bit of shrewd purchasing, something they’ve done in the past, the money Bayern paid for Götze might end up closing the gap between themselves and Dortmund, rather than widening it.

Of course, Lewandowski is a very different kettle of fish.

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