PHOTO: Striker Arsenal wanted in 2010 signs multi-million Dortmund deal

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Ciro Immobile has sealed his switch to Borussia Dortmund.

Italian sensation Ciro Immobile has sealed his transfer to Borussia Dortmund, putting pen to paper on a deal on Monday afternoon.

The striker bagged 22 goals in Serie A last season for Torino, and had been co-owned by Juventus.

Immobile will replace Robert Lewandowski at Dortmund, who will sign with Bayern Munich as a free agent on July 1.

Immobile was pictured by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio signing his contract with Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, taking a break from Italy's World Cup preparations.

His form had seen several sides take notice of him, including Atletico Madrid, but Dortmund's promise to more than double his salary is thought to have swung the deal. Di Marzio reports he will earn up tov 3 million per year, with the transfer set to cost Dortmund around €20 million in terms of a transfer fee.

Arsenal are a side in need of a striker where he would have fitted in ideally, and Arsene Wenger is reported to know him well.

Goal reported in 2010 that Wenger sent Arsenal's scouts to go and watch him at a youth tournament, and was impressed with his talent. Had he acted upon that legwork then, the Gunners may have saved themselves millions in the transfer market, still needing to secure a big name striker this summer. 

Arsenal have instead been linked with Immobile's controversial national strike partner, Mario Balotelli.

 

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