Transfer Focus: What Borussia Dortmund need to do in the January transfer window

With the January transfer window quickly approaching, we take a look at the business that may be conducted by some of the top clubs in Europe. Here's a look at Borussia Dortmund..

This Season's Stats
                  Bundesliga: 3rd
Champions League: Round of 16
DFL-Super Cup: Runner-Up
DFB-Pokal: Quarter-Finals
Games: 27
Won: 15
Lost: 4
Drawn: 8
GF: 59
GA: 29
GF ratio: 3.03
GA ratio: 1.49

Their Season So Far

Dortmund shining in Europe but things don't look good in league

Borussia Dortmund have left their mark in this season's Champions League, topping arguably the toughest group of the competition. The German side beat the likes of Manchester City and Ajax and also a vital draw away to Real Madrid that saw them finish unbeaten in the group. The German champions are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

The club has failed to replicate its continental form domestically as the champions find themselves 12 points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Dortmund have been conquering the league for the last two seasons but this time find themselves in Bayern's wake.

Dortmund's new signings have lived up to their high expectations. Marco Reus has picked up exactly where he left off after joining Dortmund from Borussia Mönchengladbach during the summer. The German has managed to fill the void left by Japanese international Shinji Kagawa who joined Manchester United at the start of the season.  

What They Need

Dortmund need a new striker to fill in if Lewandowski leaves

Jurgen Klopp knows it will be hard for his side to keep hold of their prolific striker and with the club through to the Round of 16 in the Champions League, they need to add another established striker in their ranks. The club clearly lacks depth in striking department with Lewandowski being the only goal scorer of the 2 strikers.

Striker Goals
Lewandowski 10
Schieber 0

With Shakhtar Donetsk in the next round of the Champions League and Bayern Munich 12 points clear at the top of the league, Dortmund need to add another striker to their ranks. Although Marco Reus and Mario Goetze have chipped in with goals from midfield position, the club clearly lacks another prolific scorer in their squad.

Prime Targets

Fernando Llorente

Llorente can be the ideal replacement for Lewandowski

With Robert Lewandowski's future up in the air, Borussia Dortmund may have to go out in the transfer window to sign a replacement for the Polish striker. Fernando Llorente has the ability to fill that void for Dortmund. The Spanish striker will be not be cup-tied for Champions League football as well.

The Spanish striker has expressed his desire to leave his present club Athletico Bilbao and will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season. Llorente is a proven goal scorer for the past couple of seasons and his 29 goals tally of last season helped Bilbao reach the finals of the Europa League last season.

Nuri Sahin

Sahin back to Dortmund?

Borussia Dortmund's Hans Watze said in an interview that the club might consider to bring Nuri Sahin back if the player wants a move. Chances have been hard to come by for Sahin ever since he left Dortmund for Real Madrid and then a loan move to Liverpool.

Sahin is a product of Dortmund's youth academy and made more than 150 appearances for the club in his 5-year spell with the German champions. He was also a part of the Dortmund side that won the Bundesliga in 2010-11. The midfielder has a contract with Los Blancos until June 2017 and is currently on-loan to Liverpool.

Who Could Leave

The Polish international has been a target for a number of clubs after his excellent display for Borussia Dortmund over the last few seasons. The striker's current contract ends after this season and Dortmund might face the risk of losing their prolific striker on a free transfer. There have been rumours linking Lewandowski to a move to Manchester United despite Sir Alex signing Robin Van Persie at the start of the season.

The Polish striker has found the back of the net 10 times in 16 starts in the German Bundesliga and four in five starts in the Champions League. He has also made four assists.

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