Former Manchester United loanee joins Borussia Dortmund

FOOTBALL Former Manchester United loanee joins Borussia Dortmund

Mark Kinyanjui 21:00 - 24.07.2023

The Austrian international has opted to cross to Bayern's bitter Black and Yellow rivals.

Immediate former Manchester United loanee Marcel Sabitzer has been acquired by Borussia Dortmund from arch-rivals Bayern Munich in a deal worth €19m.

Sabitzer underwent his medical tests on Monday and has put pen to paper on a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund. 

The 29-year-old will now head to BVB’s training camp in the United States to link up with his new teammates. He becomes Borussia Dortmund’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Ramy Bensebaini and Felix Nmecha.

The Austrian international was acquired by Erik ten Hag in January to serve as Christian Eriksen’s injured replacement after he sustained an ankle injury that would keep him out for three months.

The Dutch manager was reportedly willing to keep the former RB Leipzig midfielder, but the Red Devils have already looked afield to bolster their midfield, purchasing Mason Mount from Chelsea in place of him.

Sabitzer, who also spent time with RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg, signed with Bayern for £13 million back in 2021.

He would find it difficult to establish himself in Bayern’s starting lineup, appearing in just 54 games before being sent out to United in January.

Dortmund were looking to bolster their midfield ranks following the departures of Jude Bellingham, Mahmoud Dahoud, and Raphael Guerreiro. And in Sabitzer, they get a proven midfielder with plenty of Bundesliga experience.

He never really managed to fit in at Bayern and spent the second half of last season on loan at Manchester United. And after showing glimpses of his quality in the English Premier League, he will now hope for a fresh start at Dortmund.

Sabitzer has made a total of 185 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring 34 goals and assisting a further 29. He is primarily a central midfielder but is also capable of playing further forward and out wide. 

Borussia Dortmund will hope that his arrival will give them the stability in the middle of the park that was often missing last season.