If Reinier Jesus is in any doubt about the value of a loan move to Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, the Brazilian playmaker need only look at the success Achraf Hakimi had at the Westfalenstadion. Indeed, the Moroccan was a sensation in the Bundesliga, earning himself a reputation as one of the game’s best young full backs.
What was somewhat surprising was that Real Madrid made the decision to sell Hakimi to Inter after the end of his two-year Dortmund loan. Zinedine Zidane decided he had no need for the Moroccan despite Dani Carvajal’s injury troubles of the last few years, but nonetheless there is no doubting that two years in Germany was hugely beneficial to Hakimi.
Now, it seems likely that Reinier will be making a similar move, with the Brazilian reportedly close to signing for Dortmund on loan. Discussions are still continuing over whether the loan will be for one season or for two, as was the case with Hakimi, but it seems highly likely that the 18-year-old will be in black and yellow for the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
Dortmund could use a player like Reinier. Lucien Favre has a number of top tier attacking talents, with Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho giving them one of the most potent frontlines in European football, but he doesn’t have a central playmaker in the mould of the Brazilian.
Of course, Mario Gotze was capable of playing this role, but left Dortmund at the end of the 2019/20 season. Marco Reus is also someone who can operate through the centre of the pitch, but the German international has suffered dreadfully with injuries over the years. It’s entirely possible, and maybe even likely, he could leave the club at the end of his contract next summer.
Reinier would be joining a club with a proven track record of taking young players and turning them into fully-fledged superstars. Whether or not Real Madrid have a long term plan for the Brazilian, this looks to be the best move for the January signing’s future. He will play in Germany. He will play in one of the best leagues in Europe and also in the Champions League for a team that likes to attack and gives opportunities to young players. This would be ideal for Reinier’s development.
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