One of the worst-kept secrets in football has finally been revealed on Thursday, as Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the transfer of midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud in the summer. The 21-year-old joins the Ruhr side on a five-year contract until 2022.
Dortmund beat out many other clubs interested in the signature of the creative central midfielder, who was reportedly already in their mirrors last season. Dahoud, who plays for Germany’s under-21 outfit, will come to Dortmund on the back of only two seasons as a full professional for Gladbach, but he has already made vital experiences both in the Bundesliga and on the international stage. To this point, he has played in 52 league matches with six goals, as well as in 10 UEFA Champions League and six UEFA Europa League matches.
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Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said: “Mo Dahoud is an incredibly exciting player in central midfield and we have been watching him closely for several years. He has already proved that he can play at the highest level.”
Dahoud was reportedly available for a release clause valued at a small eight-figure sum, a relative bargain in today’s global football market. His signing is another coup for Dortmund, after the club already tied highly talented players such as Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic or Julian Weigl down for the long term.