In a somewhat stunning move, Borussia M’gladbach has agreed to send Marco Reus (22) over to Borussia Dortmund for 17.5 million euros. Reus has been the sensation of the first half of the season, the top ranking midfielder, edging out Dortmund’s Mario Götze and such well known players as Bastian Scweinsteiger and Franck Ribery. If Dortmund can hold on to Götze, this will indicate that Dortmund intends to challenge on a permanent basis, which should be good for the Bundesliga.
Reus was rumoured to be leaving Gladbach at the end of the season, and many pundits had him destined for Bayern. However the midifielder indicated he chose Dortmund because he expected regular playing time and the ability to continue to grow as player. He will play out the rest of the season with Gladbach and join Dortmund in the summer. For Gladbach, it’s probably the best deal that they were going to get. They’re a selling club these days, developing young talent and then attempting to cash in. And they got some further bad news in that defensive midfielder Roman Neustädter (23), a regular starter who has done quite well, also announced that he will leave the club at season’s end. The club had made a offer, but it was rejected. According to Gladbach management, they realized that he will probably make more somewhere else, but felt that their offer along with the first-string status would be enough to convince their man. Obviously not. Neustädter can be had for around 2.5 million, but they reflect the fact that he’ll be free in about 6 months. (Schalke is widely tipped to be his next stop)
Wolfsburg and Felix Magath continue to spend. Forward Giovanni Sio (22) from Swiss side FC Sion is his latest catch. Although terms have not been disclosed, most sources estimate the transfer fee around almost 6 million. Sio has dual French-Ivory Coast nationality (French U17 selection), and started his career with Nantes in France before moving to Spain’s Real Sociedad. He didn’t get regular playing time there and transferred to Sion.