Borussia Dortmund announced the have signed former Chelsea man André Schürrle from VfL Wolfsburg through 2021. The news comes just one day after the club announced the signing of Mario Gotze.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 22, 2016
Schürrle, 25, and Götze, 24, have a lot of experience between them despite being relatively young. They combined to score the game winner against Argentina in the World Cup final in 2014.
Schürrle has scored 48 goals and assisted on 29 more in 174 career Bundesliga games and scored 20 goals in 55 appearances for the German national team.
He’s now the most expensive German footballer in combined transfer fees. Bayer Leverkusen bought him for $8.5 million in 2011, Chelsea bought him for about $24 million in 2013, Wolfsburg bought him for $29 million in 2015, and now Dortmund paid $33 million for him, bringing the cumulative value of his transfer fees close to $95 million.
Worth it? You decide:
The Germans do as good of a job of anyone of keeping their national team stars in the country; all the best Germans play their club ball in Germany.
Adding young players who get big minutes for the German national team like Schürrle and Götze is the best thing Dortmund can do to contend with Bayern Munich, the big brother who’s always punking them.
Despite losing three big players this offseason – İlkay Gündoğan (to Man City), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (to Manchester United), and Mats Hummels (to Bayern Munich) – Dortmund has come out on top by adding players like Mario Götze, Ousmane Dembélé, and André Schürrle among others.
I’m not saying they’re ready to challenge Bayern’s rule as overlords of the Bundesliga, but they’re putting together a squad that could go deep in the Champions League.
How many points clear of Dortmund will Bayern be at the end of the season?