Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Syria-born player Mahmoud Dahoud will join the club in the summer from Borussia Monchengladbach.
This comes into Thomas Tuchel’s side continued efforts to recruit some of Europe’s most promising young players, after beating Real Madrid to the Swedish teenager Alexander Isak and recruiting Ousmane Dembele from the French club Rennes and the Turkey winger Emre Mor from FC Nordsjaelland within the past 12 months.
Premier League clubs such as Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City had previously shown interest in signing the midfielder, who impressed for Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach this season despite their struggles in the German top flight.
The 20-year-old had refused to sign a new contract with his current club, and his representatives also made it clear that he was interesting in leaving at the end of the season with only one year remaining on his deal.
Dortmund were always confident that he would choose them having held negotiations since the turn of the year. Their sporting director, Michael Zorc, confirmed yesterday that Dahoud will move to the Westfalenstadion on a five-year deal.
“Mo Dahoud is a highly talented and exciting player for the central midfield, who we have been watching intensively for several years,” he said. “He has already demonstrated that he can play at the top level.”
The fee for Dahoud, who was born in Syria, is understood to be in the region of €12m, with Gladbach also confirming the news on their website.
“It was a very tough decision for Mo. It’s a shame that we’re losing a talent like him, but we have always managed to compensate for departures in the past,” said Gladbach sporting director, Max Eberl.
“It was important for the player and the club that a decision was reached. Now it’s off our minds and we can move on.”
Mahmoud Dahoud was only 10 months old when his family fled the largely Kurdish town of Amuda on Syria’s northern border with Turkey, but he had been given consideration as a potential member of Joachim Low’s Euro 2016 squad and has represented Germany at various youth levels.