Borussia Dortmund has a habit of unearthing prodigious talent and then selling them as superstars at a later date.
Borussia Dortmund has unearthed such talent as Ousmane Dembele, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, and Christian Pulisic. All of whom they cashed in on handsomely.
There is the imminent departure of Jadon Sancho. Plus the undoubted future sale of Erling Haaland and Giovanni Reyna.
Their talent to develop is not always rewarded by financial gain though.
Who can forget the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels who carved out their name at Dortmund? That was before leaving on a free to rivals Bayern Munich.
Speaking to BBC Sport the clubs head of youth football Lars Ricken insists the club is all about player development not buying ready-made superstars.
“The way we do things didn’t happen by accident, or by coincidence.”
“It is a clear and obvious strategy not to buy superstars but to create them.”
“Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang weren’t superstars when they came to Dortmund.”
“We developed them to become superstars. It is very important for the club.”
The club is continuing with this tried and tested method of business.
“We have signed some really good players.”
“We also have young ones – Haaland is 19, Gio is 17. It is great to see.”