Borussia Dortmund have reportedly lined up a move for Newcastle United target Nico Schlotterbeck to replace Manuel Akanji, who could be heading to Manchester United.
According to Bild, the Swiss international is set to leave the Bundesliga giants this summer, with the Red Devils the favourites to land Akanji as United look to add to their centre-back options in the transfer window, and Dortmund could move for Newcastle target Schlotterbeck.
The Freiburg defender has enjoyed a breakout season in the German top-flight, with Schlotterbeck recently called up into Hansi Flick’s national squad for Die Mannschaft’s upcoming international fixtures against Israel and Amsterdam.
And according to reports, Newcastle are interested in Schlotterbeck, with Sport1 reporting that the Magpies are keen on signing the 22-year-old as Eddie Howe looks to improve the Toon’s defence over the summer for next season.
With Freiburg valuing the centre-back at €20m (£17m), Newcastle could face some strong competition from Dortmund this summer for Schlotterbeck, who will be one of the most sought-after German players in the upcoming transfer window.
Indeed, with Akanji potentially off to United, Dortmund will have the finances to fund a move for Schlotterbeck, and the stature of the Bundesliga club could see Newcastle miss out on the German youngster, who could be a fantastic option for the Premier League side.
Dortmund interest in Schlotterbeck is a problem for Newcastle
Schlotterbeck has been exceptional this season for Freiburg, with the youngster deservedly now catching the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe, yet for Newcastle, Dortmund poses a real threat for their summer plans.
After all, Schlotterbeck could be a great signing for Howe in the transfer window given his age, value and potential, yet given Dortmund’s reputation in Germany, Newcastle could miss out on the youngster if the Black and Yellow opt to make a move for the defender.