Jurgen Klopp has sent out a message to the rest of Europe, including Arsenal, about the transfer status of his key players at Dortmund.
The German tactician has hinted that he may lose some of his star performers from the 2012/13 season after leading his side all the way to Wembley.
A last-gasp winner from Arjen Robben stuck a dagger in Dortmund’s hearts as a 2-1 Bayern Munich victory snatched the chance of a momentous European triumph away from them.
And having to watch Bayern lift the Champions League crown at their expense may just be the beginning of Dortmund’s misery after their manager admitted that he may fail to keep some of his prized assets this summer.
“Now we have to go on holidays and buy some players. We need some players now because other clubs want our players. And then we will start over again,” Klopp said after Saturday’s defeat.
The former Bundesliga champions share some similarity with Arsenal in their philosophy of selling key players to rebuild. Indeed, Dortmund began losing the battle to retain their stars even before the end of the campaign after Mario Gozte’s transfer to Bayern Munich was announced ahead of their semi-final clash with Real Madrid.
With Robert Lewandowski the latest player to reconsider his future, Dortmund look set to surrender more of their quality and speaking on French television during the Champions League final, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that he is an admirer of Dortmund’s squad.