Borussia Dortmund have been strongly linked with a move for Torino striker Ciro Immobile. The German club will lose Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich and although they have agreed a deal to sign Adrian Ramos from Hertha Berlin, coach Jurgen Klopp wants another forward.
Immobile has emerged as the man who he wants to recruit. The 24-year-old has just completed his best season to date, finishing as the top scorer in Serie A with 22 goals.
‘The forwards that I want cost more because they are the best around', Tuttosport quotes Klopp as saying. ‘We will do everything we can to bring Immobile here’.
Immobile is co-owned by Juventus, but it is unlikely that they will have any problems in letting him go. After all, he has failed to impress when given the chance by the Bianconeri, who have the likes of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in their squad.
So are Dortmund getting a player who can replace Lewandowski?
Based on the 2013-14 season, yes. After all, Immobile scored more goals playing for a modest Torino side than Tevez did while featuring for Italian champions Juventus. His surname may be a subject of jokes among many, but he is a sharp striker whose confidence must be sky-high after enjoying a stellar season.
However, he could well prove to be a one-season wonder. After all, Juventus recruited big names last summer when they still had him on their books. At 24, he is just getting started.
Yet, one must acknowledge that Klopp knows a thing or two about quality forwards. After all, he signed Lewandowski from Lech Poznan in 2010 and made him one of the most lethal and clinical strikers in Europe. Perhaps in Immobile, he sees someone special who has the potential but needs a chance and confidence.