It was a good month for Borussia Dortmund in terms of the players the club brought in, signing three players. The first two were announced on the opening day of 2015 with Dortmund making Ashley Young's loan spell permanent for £5,750,000 and beefing up the attacking options with the acquisition of French hotshot Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais for just £8,000,000.
Young made his loan move permanent after some top class displays.
There was however still the problem of another defensive midfielder but that was solved on January twenty fifth as Argentine international Lucas Romero swapped Velez for Dortmund in a whopping £15,000,000 move, the price tag was not of a concern to Mats Iconic though.
'I don't what the surprise is about, Lucas played well against us and should help push Sven to be even better as well as being part of our first team for the next ten to twelve years.'
Romero has a lot expected of him at Dortmund, and only time will tell if he can live up to the hype.
Dortmund's final buy of the window came on deadline day the signing of Belgian prospect Dennis Praet was announced, he'll join BvB after the current 2014/15 season playing for Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League.
Signed on a bosman freebie, Praet will play out the current campaign at Anderlecht, the young Belgian promises to add even more creativity to the BvB midfield next term.
Dortmund needed to move players on after those purchases and did so, selling Ji Dong Won and Nuri Sahin within the first two days of the window (for £3,900,000 and £8,000,000 respectively) and after loaning out a few academy prospects the most surprising deal by far came after Ciro Immobile packed his bags to Spain and sealed a dream move to UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE holders Real Madrid for an £8,000,000 fee, the misfiring Italian scored just four goals in fourteen appearances. This decision has not been taken well by the fans, most believing that Immobile needed more time, but Lacazette's arrival there was little option to remove a striker and Immobile was the unlucky one.
Immobile couldn't quite find his feet at Dortmund, ultimately costing him his place.
Reus 'happy to be in the top bracket'
Marco Reus was beaten to second by Lionel Mesi in the 2014 Ballon D'Or awards by one hundred and fifteen votes, with Cristiano Ronaldo claiming the award for another year. Reus was in a reflective mood after the game and allowed a few questions from the media stating.
'I was a little bit surprised that I was one of the front runners, but it's a great experience to be mixing it with the very best and I think if I steer clear of injuries and build on this then I can have a great chance at winning it next year. I think Ronaldo deserved it, he did milk it a bit with the shout, of si I think? Anyway I'm sure he didn't mean anything by it, I'd be a bit different myself if I won it but I don't want to get dragged into something where it'll seem like I'm trying to be disrespectful when I'm not.'