While Borussia Dortmund are in the middle of their Asia tour, the future of one man is still uncertain. Ciro Immobile is looking for a way out. Sporting director Michael Zorc told Kicker on Tuesday: “We are in talks, but there is currently nothing new to report.” The Italian striker hasn’t played the role in Borussia Dortmund’s seasons, as he had anticipated when he penned a five year deal with the black and yellows. After BVB had splashed out €19.4 million on Serie A’s top scorer the expectations were higher on both sides.
But Immobile didn’t receive the service on the field to be of real value in a struggling Dortmund side and quickly fell out of favour under Jürgen Klopp, who preferred Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a lone striker in his system instead. So far the partnership between Immobile and Borussia Dortmund can be described as a misunderstanding. Now it remains to be seen how costly that misunderstanding will be for BVB. Bild reported on Tuesday, that a €12 million offer from FC Sevilla was declined.
If Borussia Dortmund cannot find a suitable buyer to match their envisaged price tag, which will be above €15 million, they will have a tough decision to make. Keep a rather unhappy striker, who might not be included in Thomas Tuchel’s plans and hope for the best or sell him under value to prevent further loss of value?
Ciro Immobile has isolated himself from the rest of the team as good as possible during the Asia tour. He also overslept a autograph session in a mall, which doesn’t leave the most professional image behind. It seems the Italian has his mind already elsewhere, as he is waiting for a green light to leave the club. Thomas Tuchel is a fan of Adrian Ramos. The coach once unsuccessfully tried to lure the Colombian striker to FSV Mainz, but Ramos will miss the preseason due to an ankle injury that he picked up in the last breaths of the previous season, which means the striker will have to play catch-up for an uncertain amount of time into the new campaign, where games will come thick and fast for Borussia Dortmund.
The question remains, whether BVB will look out for a replacement, if they sell Immobile or if Tuchel has different ideas to fill the gap upfront. With Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan the coach has candidates to his disposal who can play a false nine type of striker in a fluid attacking system, if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs a rest or picks up an injury.