Ciro Immobile: Leaves Torino to join Borussia Dortmund
Italy striker Ciro Immobile has signed for Borussia Dortmund from Torino for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract.
The 24-year-old finished as Serie A’s top scorer for the 2013/14 season with 22 goals for Torino and moves to the Westfalenstadion to help replace Bayern Munich-bound forward Robert Lewandowski.
A statement published on Dortmund’s official website on Monday night read: “Ciro Immobile has committed himself to Borussia Dortmund.
“The Italy international and current Serie A top-scorer leaves Torino for the eight-time German champions, effective from July 1 2014.
“The 24-year-old has signed a five-year contract with BVB on Monday. The clubs have agreed not to disclose the details of the transfer fee.”
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc added: “In Immobile we are getting a flexible and dynamic attacker who has performed impressively in a top European league.
“His outstanding quality fits perfectly with the requirements of Borussia Dortmund.”
Campania-born Immobile will be among the 23 players travelling to Brazil to represent Italy at the World Cup finals but left the Azzurri training camp to travel to Germany earlier on Monday.
He had been playing for Torino under a co-ownership arrangement with Italian champions Juventus and previously spent time with Genoa and at Pescara.
He was named Serie B player of the year in 2012 having helped Pescara win promotion with his personal haul of 28 league goals.
And before Immobile had undergone a successful medical in Dortmund, Torino president Urbano Cairo told Gazzetta dello Sport: “We listened to Immobile’s wishes.
“It was a difficult situation as half of the player’s sporting rights are owned by Juventus.
“He has received a very important offer. At Torino he earns 800,000 euros (per year) while Borussia have offered him three times that amount, plus a bonus.
“For us it was an untenable figure.”