German side Borussia Dortmund have completed the deal for Ukrainian AndriyYarmolenkofor an undisclosed fee.


The German Bundesliga outfit announced the deal just before Barcelona revealed that they have snapped up their target Ousmane Dembele.

The Catalan side wants Dembele to be the long term replacement for Brazilian forward Neymar Jr., who moved to Paris St Germain this summer. The deal for Dembele is reportedly worth £135.5 million plus add-ons to be paid from the £198 million Neymar payout.

The 27-year old Yarmolenko agreed a four year deal with Dortmund. He has won the Ukraine Premier League thrice with Kiev, scoring 137 goals in 339 games. He has also featured for the national team where he netted 29 times in 69 fixtures.

“Andriy is a player we have been pursuing for a long time,” the club said.

There are concerns that the aging player might not be able to fill Dembele’s boots though. The club has been selling its best players for years so once Barcelona were serious about buying the youngster, it was only a matter of time.Continue reading

Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was recently crowned as the African Player of the Year following an impressive run of form in 2015. This has led to rumours about a swift departure from Dortmund like several other top players before him.

Over the years, the club has been in a constant state of decline due to the loss of several top players like Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze on a consistent basis. Some of the few remaining top names at Dortmund includeTuchel and Marco Reus. Even these players are thought to be contemplating leaving Dortmund in order to win trophies.

German football saw the rise of Dortmund a few years ago when they were managed by Jurgen Klopp. Despite being on a limited budget, Klopp managed to make Dortmund into title winners. Their success over perennial winners Bayern Munich was not achieved in just one campaign, but for several years. It has only been since the Champions League final loss in 2013 that they have been in a decline. Despite rumours surrounding the future ofAubameyang, manager Thomas Tuchel claims that the player will not be leaving in January. The 26-year-old African has contributed an astonishing 38% of the goals scored by Dortmund this season.Continue reading