Ciro Immobile is about to have more Schnitzel in his cuisine.
Serie A's leading scorer from this past season has finally sealed his much-talked about move to Germany. The 24-year-old Immobile has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Borussia Dortmund. The rumored price? Between €19 and €20 million depending on what you read in the Italian press.
Either way, Immobile — who has been co-owned by Juventus and Torino ever since the middle of last summer — is on his way to Borussia Dortmund and the Bundesliga. Not a bad place to go, even if you're the player being tabbed as replacing Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski.
Der BVB hat Ciro Immobile verpflichtet. Der 24-jährige Italiener hat heute einen Fünfjahresvertrag unterschrieben. pic.twitter.com/i90BZb7s3n— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) June 2, 2014
Borussia Dortmund has signed striker Ciro Immobile. The 24 year-old Italian signed a five-year contract on Monday. pic.twitter.com/BxEjQBcQ7n— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) June 2, 2014
Immobile, who joined the Juventus youth system in 2008, is one of the few players who can say he has been the Capocannoniere in both Serie B and Serie A. Immobile's breakout came with Pescara
But after an inconsistent year with Genoa, nobody was truly sure of what Immobile would be able to do in Italy's top flight. Torino took the chance — and got rewarded in a big-time way. Immobile's 22 goals on the season were far and away more than anyone thought he was capable of. That's especially true after the season he had before with Genoa where he found the back of the net just five times in 33 games (21 starts).
With Immobile's top-flight breakout, Juventus clearly felt the need to cash in. And for a player that was going for a fraction of the price Dortmund just paid this time last summer, it's not such a bad piece of business.
This time last year Juve tried to sell their half of Immobile to Torino for less than 3m but Torino only wanted Genoa's 50%. #perspective— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) May 29, 2014
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