Borussia Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted that the Bundesliga champions will make no further acquisitions this summer, ahead of a campaign where they will defend their title and take their place in the Champions League.
When asked by Bild whether there would be more new signings at the Signal-Iduna Park, Watzke all but closed the door to any business in the near future, before expressing his confidence in Ilkay Gundogan, who has been signed from Nurnberg to replace the Real Madrid-bound Nuri Sahin.
"No, our plans for the new season are now complete. Ilkay is 20 years of age and an outstanding talent. He will receive all the support in the world. However, the only way we can replace Sahin's departure is as a unit."
Italian newspaper Il Corrielle dello Sport reported yesterday that Dortmund were interested in signing Macedonian striker Goran Pandev from Inter. The ex-Lazio man, who is well-known to German audiences having helped knock Bayern Munich out of the Champions League, would take up BVB's entire transfer budget of €10m, but Watzke's words appear to have crushed such rumours.
The German champions are set to officially confirm the transfer of Club Brugge midfielder Ivan Perisic, who finished the season as the leading goalscorer in the Jupiler Pro League. The player himself already announced the move, after being named Belgium's Player of the Year.
Alongside the aforementioned Gundogan and Perisic, Dortmund have also signed Chemnitz's Chris Lowe, and youngsters Julian Koch and Moritz Leitner will return to the club from loan spells in the 2.Bundesliga with Duisburg and Augsburg respectively.