Borussia Dortmund have made their eighth signing of the current transfer window, with winger Andre Schürrle arriving from VfL Wolfsburg for a fee believed to be in the region of €30 million.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner has signed a five-year contract until 2021 and will join the team upon returning from his vacation following Euro 2016 in early August.
In Dortmund, the 25-year-old will join up with his mentor in head coach Thomas Tuchel. It was under the 42-year-old that Schürrle made his breakthrough in the Bundesliga at Mainz 05, where he was part of the “Bruchweg Boys” who took the league by storm a few years ago.
In 2011, the Germany international moved to Bayer Leverkusen, where he spent two seasons before making a big move to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. However, he never established himself as more than a depth option for the Blues and left for Wolfsburg after just 18 months.
The Wolves paid a healthy €32 million for Schürrle, but he never turned into the impact player that fee would dictate. To be fair, he played a relatively strong Rückrunde last season, scoring nine goals for a struggling team.
Still, it came as a surprise when German media started to link Dortmund with the 25-year-old, who doesn’t necessarily fill a need in the squad, with Marco Reus playing in his usual position on the left wing and Ousmane Dembele, Emre Mor and Christian Pulisic also capable of filling a role on the flanks.
It seems as though his transfer aims to please Tuchel, which of course doesn’t have to be a bad thing with the 42-year-old’s contract surely to become a topic at some point during the campaign (it’ll expire in 2018).
If nothing else, Schürrle should still be a decent option from the bench. Having played more than 300 matches for clubs and country, he has plenty of experience at a relatively young age.
Sporting director Michael Zorc told the club’s official website: “Schürrle is a Germany international with outstanding attacking potential, who’s also secure in his passing and clever in helping out in defence. Despite only being 25 he has a lot of international experience. His quality will be very valuable for is. This completes our attack.”
Schürrle said: “Borussia Dortmund are on of the top clubs in Europe with a strong and extremely exciting squad. I know from experience how much power BVB gain from the interplay with the fans and am already looking forward to experience this as a part of the team and not a stunned opponent. I want to achieve success in the coming years with Dortmund and can hardly wait to start training and convincing people that it was the right decision to sign me.”
Luca Gierl tried to make sense of the deal in this earlier piece.