- Apr 7, 2009
So I head into the 2025-26 season with a mini challenge within a challenge. Take a semi decent side, be given an initial £300m and win the Champions League!!!! That is the goal this season and after spending £346m (I have around £50m left in the kitty lol) on 16 players and with a month left in the window we are certainly going to give it a right good go!!!!
I had 3 players lined up before the summer began and basically I needed another keeper, 2 right backs, 1 CB, maybe 1 LB, 4 CMs, 1 AMC, 2 RW and 1 LW!!!!!!
I better get on with showing you who now wears the Borussia Dortmund shirt but dont worry I wont go through each and every one lol.
As you can see I sold most of my wingers!!!! I wasnt a fan of any of them tbh so they all had to go in all honesty and I feel like I got decent fees. That certainly was the case for Daniel Atanga who joined Hoffenheim for up to nearly £30m. He is a wonderkid striker with an attribute of 6 for shooting so while I wasnt forcing him out the door I certainly wasnt going to reject silly money.
One deal that almost happened was Youssouph Badji to Real Madrid. They offered me £90m - I wanted £20m more but they baulked at that.
Not much lol!!!!
The 2 standouts are obviously me being reunited with Vagnoman and Adeyemi of Hamburg. I wanted to bring in more German players in and they are 2 of the best around. Vagnoman was done before last season finished and £46m for him is a decent price and if he plays like he did for me at Hamburg then I will be delighted. As for Adeyemi I have actually brought him in as my new RW so I dont expect to see another 35 goal season from him. He is a wonderful player and at £75m the price was good.
I paid £74m for Francisco Conceicao from Man City. He will be my LW although he prefers to play on the right in truth. At 22y/o he is already a fantastic player and can still improve so I expect big things!!
The one deal I overpaid for was that of Michael Kostka from Leipzig for £46m. He will be my backup RB and although he is a German wonderkid I probably paid £20m more than I should have! He better pull up trees when given a chance lol.
If I overpaid for Kostka I got a bargain when I got Yacine Adli from Bordeaux for just £35m. I cant wait to see how he fits in and he is my type of player as he is a quick, tricky player who is technically excellent. I think he will be a dream for us given how we play and I expect him to dictate the play of matches. Surely an international call up isnt far away!
Arne Meier was another signing lined up before the end of last season from Hertha Berlin for £28m. I wanted German players and needed CMs so in he came!
Maier wont be first choice though as the 3rd and final player that I had already lined up going into the summer will be instead. Edmilson is a Brazilian wonderkid who I had on my shortlist at Hamburg but I brought in Asencio instead. He looks like a world class player just now at the age of 20 so god knows what he will be like in his prime. A midfield pairing of Edmilson and Adli is mouthwatering to me!!!
Felix Gebhardt joined from Basel for £11.25m and he will challenge for the GK spot. He is just as good as Biljow so it will be an interesting battle.
The last one for my first team and the last one I will show you is my new backup RW. Another regen, Gennady Afanasjev came in from Lokomotiv Moscow for a bargain £7.5m. The 19y/o Georgian is a future world class player and will be my backup RW.
So there you have it!!! I have been busy. I am delighted with my incomings and with my squad in general. A new LB is something I am working on but at the minute it doesnt look likely despite having £50m available. I certainly believe that if my new signings click into place immediately then we can conquer all before us. A first XI of Biljow, Vagnoman, Diakite, Zagadou, Collins, Edmilson, Adli, Adeyemi, Reyna, Conceicao, Badji is so exciting with loads of pace and technically gifted players.
I should also show you 2 players who were out on loan from my U19s who I have drafted into the first team picture who look pretty incredible..........