It’s [almost] official: Borussia Dortmund have found their new starting striker for the upcoming season. Sébastien Haller, the now 28-year-old striker from Ajax, signed for Borussia Dortmund today, following his €35 million transfer from the Eredivisie and a successful medical exam. While the club hasn’t yet officially announced the signing, multiple credible sources are reporting that the deal has already been completed and that Haller has signed a 4-year contract. Apparently, for financial reasons, Ajax have requested that BVB wait until July to announce the move.
Sébastien #Haller: Transfer fix ✅ Haller hat den Med-Check bestanden und ist jetzt am #BVB-Gelände in Brackel. Wird nun gleich seinen 4-J.-Vertrag unterschreiben. Aber: Noch keine Verkündung heute! Die wird nach @SkySportNews-Infos auf Wunsch von @AFCAjax erst im Juli erfolgen— Sven Westerschulze (@westsven) June 23, 2022
Haller has been tearing up the Dutch league for the last two seasons, and averaged over a goal per game in the Champions League last season. He has a proven goal scoring track record in the Bundesliga from his time with Eintracht Frankfurt, so the expectations on him will be sky high.
This is just the latest in a series of high-profile transfers in Dortmund. With Haller, Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck, Salih Özcan, and Karim Adeyemi, BVB’s squad will look remarkably different next season. All these players are either in their primes or close to it, so the squad next season will be much more experienced, and will be expected to compete for the Bundesliga title. The burden is now on Edin Terzic to coordinate all these new signings into something resembling a unified team.