Borussia Dortmund have signed teenager Julian Weigl from 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich for an undisclosed fee. Weigl, 19, currently at the U-20 World Cup with Germany, has penned a four-year deal with DFB Pokal finalists Dortmund. Both sides confirmed in an official statement on Monday (8/6).
The eighth-time German champions reinforce their squad for the upcoming season with the second signing of the summer transfer window. Weigl joined from second division club TSV 1860 Munich by putting pen to paper on a deal until June 2019.
The 19-year-old is currently with the Germany Under-20 squad for the World Cup in New Zealand and he will return to link up with Thomas Tuchel who replaces JurgenKlopp at Dortmund. He managed to play 14 league games in his first season with TSV’s first team.
“We thank Ju for his efforts at 1860 and wish him every success and all the best for his new position at BVB,” said the club’s sporting director Gerard Poschner.
In the first match of the 2014–15 season against Kaiserslautern Weigl, only being 18 years old, Weigl was named captain. He thereby is the youngest captain in the history of 1860 Munich. Weigl was acquited from his captain duties and succeeded by Christopher Schindler.
“Julian Weigl is a future prospect for central midfield who we really believe has the potential to develop,” BVB sporting director Michael Zorc told the club’s official website. “Julian Weigl is an exciting prospect for our central midfield. We see great potential in him,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement.
Weigl has impressed with his performances in Bundesliga 2 since his senior debut in February 2014, and he made 24 league appearances this season as Munich narrowly avoided relegation with a playoff triumph over Holstein Kiel. Weigl is Dortmund’s second signing in the close season, with the club also bringing in Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Gonzalo Castro.
BVB striker Ciro Immobile has admitted that he is open to a return to Italy following a disappointing debut season at the Westfalenstadion, while IlkayGundogan looks certain to exit the club this summer after refusing a contract extension with his current deal expiring next year.
Immobile, who is contracted to Dortmund until 2019, has put his house up for sale, leading to speculation a summer move could be in the offing. He signed for Dortmund from Torino last summer but he struggled to make an impact during his debut season in Germany, scoring three Bundesliga season.