Following Borussia Dortmund’s announcement that the club is prepared to meet the exit clause for Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak this summer, it looks like another notable Bundesliga star will soon be following suit.
Transfermarkt.de is reporting that a deal has been made for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud to join Dortmund in the summer.
Mahmoud Dahoud will arrive for €10 million, per Sport1. Whilst not official; the deal could yet fall through https://t.co/CCoNtJLP2G— Get German Football (@GGFN_) February 17, 2017
Both Dahoud and Toprak were transfer targets of BVB last summer but Dortmund was unable to secure their signatures, instead opting to sign young up-and-comers from around Europe.
Toprak is a smart acquisition and will finally serve as a replacement for Hummels - something BVB failed to obtain last year. Dahoud, on the other hand, is a play making midfielder with the ability to progress through the fields, something BVB has been missing as well.
Dahoud is in his third season with Gladbach, playing 20 games in all competitions, scoring once. In 46 career Bundesliga appearances, Dahoud has six goals.
Both will be excellent fits in Thomas Tuchel’s system and are exciting new signings if the reports are true. His role would be at central midfield playing alongside Julian Weigl and combining two of the best young German players in a World Cup year.
While the deal is not yet official, it also appears that Nuri Sahin and Shinji Kagawa, both of whom the deal directly affects, could very well still return next season.
Stay with Fear the Wall as this story develops.