Dortmund have completed their second major transfer in the past 24 hours, with the announcement that they have signed forward André Schürrle from Wolfsburg on a five-year deal.
The news comes a day after the Bundesliga side confirmed that prodigal son Mario Götze had returned to the Westfalenstadion after three years at fierce rivals Bayern Munich.
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Dortmund have reportedly paid €30m for the German international’s services.
Speaking to Dortmund’s website, the 25-year-old said:
“Borussia Dortmund is one of the top clubs in Europe with a strong and extremely exciting squad.
“I know from personal experience how much power BVB can develop through the interaction with their fans and look forward now, to be able to experience everything for the first time not as an awestruck opponent, but as part of the the team.
“In the coming years I want to celebrate success with Borussia Dortmund and can expect to start training and to convince people that it was right to sign me. “
Schürrle joined Wolfsburg in a £22m deal in January 2015, having been deemed surplus to requirements by then-Chelsea manager José Mourniho. In all, he scored 13 goals in 63 appearances for the club.
Although they finished in second place in the Bundesliga table, behind Bayern Munich, in 2015, Wolfsburg had a season to forget last year and could only finish in eighth place.
On the international front, Schürrle has played 55 times for the German national side, scoring 20 goals. He featured in all three of the side’s Euro 2016 group matches, but did not play again for the rest of the tournament.
He becomes his new side’s eighth signing of the summer as Thomas Tuchel looks to adjust to the departures of İlkay Gündoğan, Mats Hummels and Henrkih Mkhitaryan.
In addition to Götze, Dortmund have also recruited Marc Bartra, Sebastian Rode, Emre Mor, Ousmane Dembélé, Raphaël Guerreiro and Mikel Merino.
This will be Schürrle’s second time working with Tuchel, with the pair previously at Mainz together in the early part of this decade.