It’s official, Borussia Dortmund announced the signature of Swiss goalkeeper Roman Bürki on Sunday. SC Freiburg will receive €3.5 million euro for the 24 year old goalkeeper, who penned a contract running until 2019. Bürki impressed as one of the best and most consistent Bundesliga goalkeepers in the past season and has earned his chance at Borussia Dortmund.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) 14. Juni 2015
With the transfer BVB have addressed their goalkeeper issue of the last season and it will surely bring the fight for the goalkeeping position in motion. Dortmund’s third choice goalkeeper Zlatan Alomerovic already moved to 1. FC Kaiserslautern and it’s unlikely that he will remain the only keeper leaving the club before the start of the next season.
Roman Weidenfeller has been linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund several times already after an infamous season and the acquisition of a new goalkeeper is another hint that his departure might materialize. It’s safe to say that Borussia Dortmund didn’t spend €3.5 million on a rising goalkeeper talent to put on the bench behind Weidenfeller, but are shaping BVB’s future. BVB have made sure to find a goalkeeper in Roman Bürki, who embodies a modern goalie, who is comfortable with the ball on his feet. Undoubtedly Weidenfeller would be a terrific second choice goalkeeper, yet it remains to be seen how the 34 year old will decide with one year left remaining on his deal.
It is also a signal for Mitchell Langerak, who clearly doesn’t receive the backing to be the number one goalkeeper at the club. As great he has been as a second choice goalkeeper so far, the 26 year old is in dire need of consistent playing time of top flight football and will have to make a egoistical decision for the sake of his career. As things are looking, his patience isn’t paying off for him, as he failed to leave the impression that he can play at the very top level.
It will stay interesting how the goalkeeper situation will shape up at Borussia Dortmund, but Thomas Tuchel will be well advised to kill off the goalkeeper debate before the season starts.