Borussia Dortmund has signed Sébastian Haller to succeed Erling Haaland. This was announced by the Bundesliga soccer club on Wednesday afternoon. The striker, who knows the Bundesliga well from his time at Eintracht Frankfurt, comes from Ajax Amsterdam and has signed a contract with BVB until 2026.
It’s now official: Sébastian Haller will be responsible for the goals at Borussia Dortmund from the coming season. According to media reports, BVB will transfer a base fee of 31 million euros to Ajax Amsterdam for the services of the attacker. Possible bonus payments could increase the amount in the future. This makes Haller one of the most expensive players in club history.
“We are very pleased that in Sébastien Haller we were able to sign a seasoned centre-forward who recently caused a sensation in the Champions League, but who also knows the Bundesliga in particular and has already proven his class and high quality of finish there,” said Borussia Dortmund’s new sporting director Sebastian Kehl.
The 42-year-old added: “The overall package is very promising. Sébastien has a high level of physical presence, and he is also physically very resilient. With his experience, he can give our young players support and stability, especially on the offensive side In conversations with us, he made it clear that he wants to achieve something with BVB.”
Haller himself emphasized: “It’s a great stadium, but the greatest stadium is nothing without its fans. I can hardly wait to be able to feel the support of over 80,000 spectators as part of the BVB family in the future. Together we will be in the coming Hopefully we can achieve great things in the next few years and then celebrate together.”
The 28-year-old Ivorian, who became champion with Ajax and also top scorer in the Netherlands, left his mark in the Bundesliga between 2017 and 2019 as the leader of the “buffalo herd” at Eintracht Frankfurt with Ante Rebic and Luka Jovic.
Haller, who was born in France and went through all the French youth teams before settling on the Ivory Coast senior team, reached the semi-finals of the Europa League with the Hessen side in the 2018/19 season. He came to Ajax via West Ham United.
BVB sets signs in the championship fight with Haller transfer
The transfer of Haller can be interpreted as a further sign that the Dortmunders do not want to give in in the fight against the permanent dominance of FC Bayern. In Niklas Süle (free transfer from FC Bayern), Nico Schlotterbeck (for 20 million from SC Freiburg) and Karim Adeyemi (for around 30 million euros from RB Salzburg), they have already signed three current German internationals in this transfer window alone. In addition, for 5.5 million Salih Özcan from Cologne, who recently made his debut in the Turkish national team.
Particularly noteworthy: The five new stars plus the new substitute keeper Alexander Meyer (Jahn Regensburg) are already bagged under the new, old trainer Edin Terzic before the training gallop on Monday. The squad is almost complete.
Dortmund is still interested in Hoffenheim’s national player David Raum. But before the transfer of the left-back, which clubs from England are apparently also advertising for, sales candidates such as Nico Schulz, Raphael Guerreiro, Thorgan Hazard or possibly Emre Can would first have to bring in millions more.