As Bild are reporting that Ciro Immobile has attached the ‘for sale’ sign to his front yard of his luxury villa, the exit of the Italian striker is becoming more imminent.
Jürgen Klopp has announced that an overhaul is due by the end of the season and Immobile might be one of the players who are cut loose, as they failed to match their pricey fee. After all Dortmund spend a whole €20 million on the last season’s Serie A top scorer, but the striker only managed 3 goals in 17 Bundesliga matches – which are simply the numbers of a bad investment, even if he had only cost €5 million.
At least Immobile scored four times in six Champions League matches and three at the cup, which gives him 10 goals in 26 games in total, which reads a lot better – but then again, Borussia Dortmund have fallen behind in the league and their stutter upfront has a great deal to do with that.
That doesn’t mean Ciro Immobile is to blame for all of it. The fault always lies with the club, that fails to implement a player, but after almost one season it might be the right time to let go of Immobile and seek for a replacement. After all Immobile was never the first choice in the first place – neither was Adrian Ramos, but Dortmund couldn’t get their hands the players they wanted last summer. A rather similar story, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan was only second choice to Kevin de Bruyne in 2013.
It’ll be a big gamble for Dortmund to either stick with Immobile and hope for his eventual breakthrough, as it once happened with Robert Lewandowski, or sell him in the summer before he turns into a disappointment like Henrikh Mkhitaryan. AC Milan have been already linked with Immobile, but BVB will most likely not get €20 million from any club.