Borussia Dortmund sign Kevin Kampl from Austrian club RB Salzburg.
The Slovenian, born in Solingen (50 km South-West of Dortmund), signed a contract running until 2019. BVB will hope to have made another step in order to turn around their miserable season, as they enforce their offensive midfield with the 24 year old, who has shown a lot of promise in recent seasons and is set for bigger things.
As Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are bound with the Asian Cup and African Cup of Nations, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan still in need of time to recover from their injuries, this transfer makes a lot of sense. Kevin Kampl made use of his release clause, that he had in his contract at RB Salzburg and transfers to the Ruhrside for a fee of € 12 million.
How well Kampl will fit in remains to be seen, but there is a lot of hope for the talented attacking midfielder at Dortmund. Kampl has played long years under coach now Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt and is well acquainted with Gegenpressing.
Most importantly, Kampl is a pacey player, who brings the technical ability to be precise in quick combination play and to act fast in tight spaces. BVB fans can look forward to the versatile attacking player who can play on all positions in offensive midfield, as he brings play-making qualities into the side. Very important news, since the Dortmund midfield has lacked a lot of inspiration in the last half-series.
So far, it seems like BVB have done a clever piece of business, as Kampl is a player, who has enough quality to improve Dortmund’s midfield. The club was certainly in need of a transfer like that. Yet, it’s safe to say Kampl isn’t a panic-buy, as BVB observed him for a long period, which Michael Zorc’s statement reveals:
“Kevin Kampl is can play on various positions in attacking midfield. We’ve observed him for a very long time and his playing style excellently meets our required parameters.”
Since he only played Euro League with Salzburg he is also eligible for the Champions League.
Welcome to BVB, Kevin!