Dortmund new signings: Confirmed ins and outs for summer 2023

In 2022/23, Dortmund had the German title in their hands going into the final game of the season. But, they couldn't get the result, and once again the title went to Bayern. Now, Dortmund has to push again, without star man Jude Bellingham, with the England international a key mover in this summer's window.

With Madrid paying a handsome fee for Jude, Dortmund had funds to play with. But would it be enough to challenge their noisy neighbours at Bayern. But was it possible for Bayern to come again so soon, with a squad that would struggle to recover from the loss of such an important player?

Dortmund new signings: Summer 2023 arrivals

Felix Nmecha

Signing from fellow Bundesliga side VFL Wolfsburg, Nmecha, at just 22 years of age, is looking to join Dortmund to fill some large boots. Playing 32 times for Wolfsburg last season, Nmecha has already taken to the league like a duck to water following his free transfers from Manchester City. While it wasn't to be for him in the Premier League, the Bundesliga has become a home.

Preferring to play higher up the pitch, Nmecha will be key to unlocking attacks for Dortmund. And at just 22, he's got plenty of time to improve and adapt to his new club. And while it's too early to call him a replacement for Jude, Nmecha has bounced back in style after being released from Manchester City.

Marcel Sabitzer

Having spent last season on loan at Manchester United, Sabitzer had probably expected to secure a permanent move to England. While he wasn't an instant hit, he helped Manchester United get out of some tricky situations when Eriksson picked up an injury mid-way through the season.

But it was Dortmund that made the move for Sabitzer, another transfer between Bayern and Dortmund to add to the history books. Alongside Nmecha, Sabitzer has been tasked with filling the void left by Bellingham. While it might seem like an impossible task, it's one that the experienced Austrian will likely thrive off of as he looks to help Dortmund secure a German title.

Ramy Bensebaini

Joining from rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bensebaini is looking to enter his best years as the starting left-back for Dortmund. Bensebaini joins Dortmund on a free transfer, which is quite the coup considering his pedigree in the league already. And with Dortmund letting go of three other left-backs this summer, including Guerreiro to Bayern.

Dortmund transfer departures

Jude Bellingham

Probably the most public player transfers since Erling Haaland last summer, Dortmund were once again on the losing end of a significant transfer story. With interest from Madrid and Liverpool, Jude was always heading for the exit. In the end, the Dortmund man went to Madrid, following in the footsteps of David Beckham as he looked to be one of the few English players to make it at Madrid.

At just 20 years of age, Bellingham became a key man at Dortmund after his 2019 signing from Birmingham. Playing 92 times for Dortmund and netting 12 times, he became a Dortmund and England staple during his time in Germany. Now, Dortmund need to replace the irreplaceable again for the second season in a row.

Ansgar Knauff

The former Dortmund academy graduate has called time on his spell with Dortmund as he looks to Frankfurt to push his career forward. Having joined Frankfurt in January 2022 for an 18-month loan, Knauff has made his move permanent. Knauff has become a regular on the right side of the Frankfurt attack, having picked up 50 appearances for the side already. Dortmund will receive a fee of around £4m for Knauff, though he's likely more valuable than that already.

Tom Rothe

The 18-year-old still has a future at Dortmund, it seems, having signed a new long-term contract before heading out to Holstein Kiel of the Bundesliga 2. Making his debut at 17, Rothe and scoring in the game. The loan to Kiel is strictly that, with no buy-option included.

Raphaël Guerreiro

Guerreiro spent last season as the starting left-back for Dortmund, and despite a dramatic final-day goal, he wasn't able to secure a title for Dortmund. He was, instead, handing over the title to Bayern, where he has now transferred. It's another major transfer between the two German sides, and given it's a free transfer, it makes it sting just that little more.

Guerreiro had his successes at Dortmund, claiming a German Cup Winner's medal under Tuchel. A manager who he'll now reconnect with as the pair look to claim another German title for Bayern. While primarily a left-back, Guerreiro has always been capable of offering an attacking flair down the left side. And with a new striker in Harry Kane, Guerreiro won't be without options at the top of the park.

Felix Passlack

With his contract expired, Passlack, at just 24 years old, has joined VFL Bochum, having only appeared twice for Dortmund last season. Primarily played as a right-back, Passlack will look to kick-start his career, which has never really taken off since he broke out of the Dortmund youth set-up.

Luca Unbehaum

The young stopper has called time on his Dortmund journey, leaving on a free transfer to join third-division side SC Verl. Luca spent seven years at Dortmund but never really made an impact on the first-team squad. Luca made 59 appearances at Dortmund 2, but lost his spot last season to Larcel Lotka; with no natural path to first-team football likely with Dortmund, Luca called time on his stay with BVB.

Soumaïla Coulibaly

Another loan player leaving Dortmund, Coulibaly, attracted a lot of attention from Premier League side Burnley at various stages. However, a move couldn't be reached, as Dortmund opted instead to send him to Belgian side Antwerp for the season. With a contract running until 2026, Coulibaly needs to push on in the next season or so if he's to have any future at Dortmund. Another option might be to impress at Antwerp and secure a permanent deal with the Belgian side when that loan expires.