As reported by Sport Bild, Borussia Dortmund are understood to be admirers of Lecce midfielder Morten Hjulmand.
The defensive midfielder will be out of contract with the Italian club in 2024, meaning that Dortmund could negotiate the transfer fee down. It is understood that Lecce value the Denmark under-21 international at just €15m.
The 23-year-old midfielder has been a pivotal part of this Lecce side since he arrived at the club in January 2021, guiding I Salentini to promotion in his first full season in Italy. Hjulmand featured 36 times for Lecce in all competitions this campaign collecting five assists as the side staved off relegation by five points.
While Edson Álvarez of Ajax is also still of interest for Die Schwarzgelben, the Mexican international would cost BVB roughly €45m. This is why the talks between the two clubs have simmered away in the past week with Dortmund looking elsewhere for a holding midfielder.
This can also be seen as to why the reports around Iván Fresneda have slowed down as well, with Real Valladolid demanding €20m for the young right-back. The Black and Yellows are not looking to burn through the money generated by the sale of Jude Bellingham, as they are only looking to spend 60% of their income on new players this summer.
GGFN | Will Shopland