Borussia Dortmund remain busy on the transfer market, making their fourth signing for next season on Wednesday. The Black and Yellows have added SC Freiburg attacker Maximilian Philipp on a 5-year contract until 2022.
Media reports put the transfer fee in a range between €14 and €20 million. Most likely, the base value will be in the €15 million range, with additional bonus payments benefitting Freiburg in case Philipp does well at the Westfalenstadion.
Twenty-three years of age, the Germany youth international has developed continuously at Freiburg. Racking up 18 goals and 23 assists over 88 matches across competitions since joining the club in 2013, Philipp has played all over Freiburg’s attacking line.
Heralded as a quick and direct player, the 23-year-old is comfortable from both wings and in the centre. With that profile, he makes for a strong replacement for Marco Reus. Dortmund’s No. 11 will miss months with his latest injury, a partially torn cruciate ligament.
It seems unlikely but not out of the question he will also fit into the equation as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — or rather, one piece of a puzzle. Rumours have strongly linked the Gabonese superstar with Paris St. Germain for weeks.
The 2016/17 season was Philipp’s strongest to date, with nine goals in 25 matches, including one against his future club in September 2017. His exploits have brought him a number of admirers. Clubs such as RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur were supposedly interested in a transfer as well.
Fans can watch the newest member of the Black and Yellows at this summer’s under-21 European championships. Germany face Czech Republic, Denmark and Italy starting from June 18. Philipp will team up with Dahoud for Stefan Kuntz’s team.
Upon confirmation on BVB’s website, sporting director Michael Zorc said:
“We’re happy to have won the signature of a player who was highly sought after in Germany and abroad in Maximilian Philipp. He’s versatile in attacking midfield, a strong finisher and has a bright future.”
Philipp himself said:
“BVB are one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s an honour for me to be able to play here. I think that at the age of 23 years I’m mature and old enough take the next step. I want to develop as a player. [The Yellow Wall] really frightens the opponents. I’m now looking forward to playing for these fans and having their full support.”