Ousmane Dembele to Borussia Dortmund: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2016

Rennes' Ousmane Dembele dribbles the ball during his French League One soccer match against Guingamp, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Rennes, western France. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
David Vincent/Associated Press

Borussia Dortmund confirmed the signing of Stade Rennais star Ousmane Dembele on Thursday after long being linked with the 18-year-old forward.

The Bundesliga club announced the deal via Twitter, saying Dembele has signed a contract until 2021:

Borussia Dortmund @BVB

Borussia Dortmund signs top talent @Dembouz - read all about it here: https://t.co/GHURKOgMse https://t.co/zTBjQxv05q

ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld provided more details about the transfer, suggesting the fee was in the region of €15 million. 

Dembele was also linked with a host of other top European clubs—including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, LiverpoolChelseaArsenalManchester City and Leicester City, per Ed Aarons of the Guardian—during a breakout season in Ligue 1, but BVB have won the race to sign the exciting youngster.  

Get French Football News relayed Dembele's comments on why he opted to join manager Thomas Tuchel's side:

Get French Football @GFFN

Ousmane Dembélé: "I cannot wait to play in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund's project totally convinced me." https://t.co/B6C61yXIAJ

The Frenchman is one of the most talented young attackers in Europe, with no other player of his age as prolific this season, per Opta:

OptaJean @OptaJean

12 - Ousmane Dembélé is the youngest player to have scored 12 goals in the Top 5 European leagues this season (18 yo & 11 mo). Diamond.

Along with his 12 goals, he has also provided five assists in 25 Ligue 1 appearances, according to WhoScored.com, as Rennes have risen to seventh place in the French top flight.

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Able to play in a multitude of positions in attack, Dembele will add further strength to a Dortmund forward line that already includes the likes of Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa.

Dortmund will undoubtedly be delighted to have beaten off intense competition for Dembele's signature and have done well to confirm his signing before the opening of the summer transfer window, per European football writer James Horncastle:

James Horncastle @JamesHorncastle

Won’t somebody think of deadline day. Bayern and BVB killing it https://t.co/Z9rES42OTt

As ESPN FC's John Brewin noted, though, it may not be long before rivals Bayern come knocking for the France under-21 international, having poached Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels from Dortmund in recent years:

John Brewin @JohnBrewin_

Ousmane Dembele clearly fancies a move to Bayern Munich once he gets a bit older.

For now, however, BVB have bagged themselves an excellent player who will only improve as he gains more experience. He will undoubtedly be a great help to them in the UEFA Champions League and in their attempts to wrest the Bundesliga title back off Bayern next season.


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