Dortmund receive club record fee for İlkay Gündoğan
In a move that has hit the footballing world, Borussia Dortmund and German international central midfielder, İlkay Gündoğan, has agreed to join Manchester City after the English club agreed to pay his £59 million release clause.
It had been rumoured for several weeks that Gündoğan was considering leaving the back to back Bundesliga and currently reigning Champions League holders, for a move to England. But the move appeared dead in the water, after the players agent claimed that Gündoğan had in fact signed a new deal at the club.
Instead the player will be packing his bags and off to Manchester City, who finished fourth in the Premier League last season.
Gündoğan has been an integral part of Joshua Bean's first to seasons at the German club, the midfielder played an instrumental role in allowing the pace of Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Reus wreck havoc on the defenceless sides that they faced.
But something that will also be missed greatly, was the experienced partner he provided for Julian Weigl. Who in two seasons under Bean has captured the accolades of; Young Player of the Year twice as well as German Player of the Year in his very first season.
Dortmund, under Bean's guidance have become notorious for keeping all in comings and out goings silent to the press, but a few rumours are circulating that an unamed player is meeting with Bean tonight to join the club, in a big money move.
However, it is believed that this player was already a transfer target, therefore he is not thought to be a replacement for Gündoğan but more likely, a player in a different position.
Who that player is, is yet to be seen.
Joshua Bean has been unable to release a full statement as of yet, but he did tell our press officer that.
"I am honestly not surprised that this mouth has occured, it has been in the grapevine for several weeks now. Gündoğan expressed a strong desire to play in the Premier League and we knew that entering a release clause of £59 million, would make certain that we received a fee we believe to be fair for the player. I personally and the club also, wishes him all the best and thanks him for the tremendous few seasons he has had here and all the has contributed towards our Champions League winning side."
Borussia Dortmund fans will of course be devastated that they have lost one of their key players, but the fans spokesmen did have this to say.
"While it is with heavy hearts we have to see one of our favourite players depart the club, the fee we have received from him, as well as the terrific commitment to our club means we will not be holding anything against him. As for replacements we have full faith that Joshua Bean and the board will find the appropriate man.