Official: Borussia Dortmund snap up Ji Dong-Won
[one_fourth last=”no”][/one_fourth]Last seasons Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund have announced a deal for Sunderland’s South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won. Dortmund had previously tried to sign the player during Paolo Di Canio’s reign at the Black Cats and the Italian manager rejected a £5m bid during the summer transfer window from Dortmund to sign the tall forward.
It has been a busy couple of days for Ji Dong-Won and he has secured himself not one, but an amazing two transfers in the space of 48 hours. Sunderland announced on Thursday that Ji will join Bundesliga outfit FC Augsburg on loan for the remainder of the season and it will be his second spell with the Bavarian club.
This time last year Ji made the move from England to Germany spending the second half of the season on loan with the Fuggerstädter, where he impressed scoring 5 goals in 17 league appearances. He will now make the move again from Wearside to the SGL Arena and he told fcaugsburg.de: “I wanted to move clubs this winter in order to get more playing time and put myself in contention for the World Cup in Brazil. I had a great time at FCA last season, so it was an easy decision to rejoin Augsburg.”
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And within 24 hours of Ji signing the deal with Augsburg, Borussia Dortmund stunningly announced that they had secured a free-transfer deal with the player and once his loan spell with FCA ends he will make the move to Die Schwarzgelbe. Ji will replace Robert Lewandowski in Jürgen Klopp’s dynamic squad, the Polish striker will move to Bundesliga champions and Champions League winners Bayern Munich at the end of the current season on a free transfer.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed the deal for striker who has 26 caps and 8 goals for South Korea and he said: “Dong-Won Ji is a professional who can play in several positions across the attack, we’re delighted to be getting this talented player on a free transfer in time for the new season.”
Ji Dong-Won began his career progressing through the youth levels at Chunnam Dragons and he burst into their first team during the 2010-2011 season, making 33 league appearances and scoring 10 goals for the Koreans. After impressing then Sunderland manager Steve Bruce during Sunderland’s participation in the pre-season Asia Cup in 2011, he was signed for a fee believed to be around £2m. He has gone on to make 24 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats, netting twice.