Borussia Dortmund is looking to replace senior forward Robert Lewandowski, who will join Bundesliga’s rivals Bayern Munich this summer. The German giant’s likely number one target is Torino forward Ciro Immobile, the Serie A’s top scorer. The 21 year-old striker scored 22 goals with Torino this year, but he is co-owned with FC Juventus.
Borussia Dortumnd’s board is in talk with Juventus and have likely found an agreement for Immobile, who is in his second year with the Serie A. According to the Italian media, last year’s Champions League finalists have offered €18m to the Bianconeri. However that is not enough. Juventus are aiming for at least €22m, partially because they have to share the collection with city rivals Torino. Torino president Urbano Cairo confirmed that the Granata still haven’t had a meeting with Borussia Dortmund.
Immobile would fit in well with Dortmund, in 2009 he played three matches as a substitute (one in Champions League) for FC Juventus, after his outstanding performances with the Bianconeri youth team. The following season, Juventus sent him on loan in Serie B, first to Siena and then to Grosseto, where he scored 2 goals in 20 matches. Pescara is where Ciro Immobile made his name. Under manager Zdenek Zeman he scored 28 goals in 38 matches, which proved vital for the historic club’s promotion in the Italian Serie A. Immobile wasn’t the only star of that team who, among the others, was also composed by striker Lorenzo Insigne and midfielder Marco Verratti. The trio that has made history at Pescara was split the following year. Insigne went to Napoli, and Verratti to PSG.
With Immobile still belonging to Juve, but co-owned with Genoa, he played his first full Serie A season with the Grifoni. He scored on his debut, but did not play up to expectations during the rest of the year, hitting only five goals in 33 appearances. This year Immobile has gone the extra mile with Toro. He scored 21 goals in 32 Serie A matches.
He scores with headers, shooting with his left and right foot, hitting from inside or outside the danger area. A modern forward, with skills that every manager and club in Europe are looking for, just like Robert Lewandowski, who will still be not easy to replace at the Westfalenstadion.
Thanks to his performances, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is very likely to reserve him a place in the Italian national team for the imminent FIFA World Cup. Immobile has played 16 matches for Italy under 21 team, scoring 8 goals. He debuted with Italy’s national team on March 2014, in a friendly that was lost 1-0 against Spain.
After the Borussia Dortmund’s board visited Turin another club began to show interest in Immobile, Atletico Madrid. At the end of the season, the Spanish Champions League finalists, will probably lose their main forward Diego Costa , destined to Chelsea, and Immobile has all the skills to replace him. The Spanish have yet to talk to either to Juve or Torino.
Whether Dortmund or Atletico will sign the new Italian star, it is unlikely Serie A is the stage Immobile is going to perform on next season.