Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Ajax striker Sebastien Haller on a four-year deal worth a reported €36million.
The 28-year-old joins the Bundesliga side following the sale of Erling Haaland to Manchester City, with Dortmund also landing exciting forward Karim Adeyemi from RB Salzburg earlier in the transfer window.
After a disappointing Premier League defeat to West Ham, Haller played well in the Netherlands and Ajax during an 18-month span of 11 goals in just eight Champions League games in the 2021-22 season.
That includes scoring four goals in Ajax’s first group stage match against Sporting, and goals in both of their matches against Dortmund.
All in all, he has scored a goal in all but one of Ajax League games – with the exception of a 1-0 defeat by Besiktas in the second leg of the Last 16.
Haller also finished in the Eredivisie scoring charts with 21 goals last term and has a history in Germany, where he scored 33 goals and signed 19 assistants during two seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Dortmund confirmed Haller’s arrival on their official website on Wednesday, with the Ivory Coast international taking over for the ninth Haaland shirt next season.
“We are very happy to have been able to sign Sebastien Haller, a veteran player who has just made a splash in the Champions League, but who knows the Bundesliga very well and has already proven his class and high level of finishing there,” said new Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl.
“The overall package is very promising. Sebastien has a high level of physical appearance and is very physically strong. With his experience, he can give our young players support and stability in attack. In our conversations, he has made it clear. He would like to gain something from BVB.”
Dortmund kicks off a new season with the DFB-Pokal clash with 1860 Munich on July 26, with their home Bundesliga campaign against Bayer Leverkusen on August 6.