Ousmane Dembele has been erased from several thousand German memories.
The 20-year Franchman’s temper tantrum was successful in forcing through a move to Barcelona and so now Borussia Dortmund have £97million at their disposal.
With just days remaining before the transfer window slams shut in obligatory fashion, the Bundesliga side must move quickly if they are to recruit a replacement.
So then, who is in the frame?
According to German outlet Bild, Plan A is to decorate Andriy Yarmolenko in Dortmund yellow within the next two days.
The Ukrainian winger has been on Dortmund’s radar with Dynamo Kiev rebuffing approaches in 2015 and 2016.
However, the 27-year-old is said to be more keen than ever on a switch to Germany.
Yarmolenko is not as stylish or cultured as Dembele but he is direct and deceptively powerful.
With 29 goals in 68 games for Ukraine, he’s arguably a bigger goal threat than Dembele as well.
A fee of £27m is being touted about though Yarmolenko is currently contracted to Dynamo Kiev until 2020.
Plan B involves a trip to Portugal to negotiate with Benfica over Franco Cervi.
The 23-year-old Argentine winger impressed in his debut season for the Portuguese double-winners last term having signed from Rosario Central in September 2015.
At just over 5ft 5in, Cervi is the more lightweight option but has greater potential than Yarmolenko and Dortmund are fond of promoting and investing in youth.
Uncapped Cervi has a buyout clause of €60million though it’s unlikely Dortmund would be prepared to meet it.
Cervi scored six goals in 34 games whereas Yarmolenko bagged 19 goals in 36 games last season and has four in his first ten games of this campaign.
Decisions, decisions… though with £97m to play with, why not both?
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