Dortmund in double swoop
Borussia Dortmund have just confirmed two new signings in Raphaël Varane and Jonathan Silva from Real Madrid and Estudiantes LP respectively. Borussia have disclosed that they have signed French youngster and highly touted defender Raphaël Varane from Madrid for a total sum of £22.75 million – with a payment of only £3 million upfront. Varane has subsequently signed a £69,000 a week contract for five years that will see him stay at Signal Iduna Park until June 2018. The other signing, Jonathan Silva comes in from Argentinian club Estudiantes LP for a total sum of £5 million, of which only 1 million is to be paid up front, with regular payments of £2 million split over four years and a conditional payment of £2 million to be made once Silva reaches fifty career club league games at Dortmund.
Wingback Jonathan Silva joins Dortmund from Estudiantes LP on a five year £9,250 per week contract
Manager Jürgen Klopp stated at the unveiling ceremony that he had total faith in the players’ abilities and that he was sure that the players would have some memorable moments at the club. When asked as to why he made the two signings, Klopp said that he believed “these two to be one of the best defenders in the game as of now, with only more room to grow, and that these were the additions the defense needed.”
Varane leaves Spanish giants Real Madrid to join Borussia Dortmund on a bumper £69,000 per week deal that will keep him at Signal Iduna Park till 2018
At the unveiling ceremony, Klopp haid this to say about Varane: “Raphaël is already one of the strongest defenders that I have seen. I have personally seen him play and looking at him, I can see every element of a defender that will, in the near future, dominate this game. I know some say that giving a 20 year old a five year contract is a risk, but if you ask me, that’s not the case if that twenty year old in question is Varane”. Klopp is said to be pleased after having acquired Varane, since he had actually met him at Santiago Bernabeu in a bid to recruit the former Real Madrid man. Varane is equally awed at playing under Klopp, as he said “Jürgen is one of the best managers I have seen. I was confident that the move to Dortmund was what I needed once I talked to him. I just want to help him in any way I can.”
This might not be all for Dortmund in this transfer market, as many rumours have been linking Dortmund to a few more players, including Brazilian Doria (from Botafogo), Alexander Milosevic, Daniel Rugani and Argentinian starlet Thiago Casasola.