Yesterday saw Sunderland flog their flop forward Ji Dong-Won to German outfit FC Augsburg for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old signed for The Black Cats in 2011 as one of his country’s hottest talents on a three-year-deal - that after an extension was due to expire in the summer.
In that time Ji has never truly established himself in the Sunderland team.
He has played just 28 games for the Wearside club since his arrival at the Stadium Of Light - and despite a memorable last minute winner against Manchester City on New Year’s Day 2012 - that was one of just two goals he scored for the club.
Last season however he was given the chance to impress on loan - and joined Bundesliga relegation scrappers FC Augsbrg on a six month loan deal.
He became an instant hit at the struggling outfit - scoring five goals in 17 games but putting in excellent performances that helped stave off relegation for the Bavarian club.
His form was such that German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund considered him in the summer - and again this winter as one potential replacement for Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski.
After another depressing six months with Sunderland Ji wanted a move this winter window - and yesterday he got his wish.
It was announced that Augsburg had signed their man for an undisclosed fee and duration - assigning him the number 27 shirt in the process.
Well that undisclosed duration has just become pretty clear - it will be just a six month spell at the club.
As he will sign for Dortmund in the summer.
BVB have announced on their official site the signing of Ji on a four-year deal starting on the 1st July 2014 - despite him signing for Augsburg just 24 hours earlier.
He will remain at the Bavarian club until the end of the season - before moving to Signal Iduna Park and attempting to take Lewandowski’s place up top for Die Schwarzgelben.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said of the deal:
"Dong-Won Ji is a professional who is used on the offensive in several positions. We are pleased to be able to undertake this talented player on a free transfer to the new season."
You read that right, not only is he signing for Dortmund in the summer, but he is signing for nothing.
If he is good enough for Dortmund, surely he was good enough for Sunderland?
Only time will tell.
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