Borussia Dortmund have taken a significant step to continuing their summer transfer business by signing highly-rated South Korean Under-20 forward Ryu Seung-Woo - for a fee rumoured to be around the 500,000 euro mark.

Dortmund have an impressive recent history of taking players from Asia and improving them tremendously with Shinji Kagawa being snapped up by Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund side in 2010 from Japanese side Cerezo Osaka who at the time were in the Japanese second division. 

After such a small expenditure Kagawa would then go on to aid Dortmund's back-to-back Bundesliga triumphs significantly before sealing a move to Manchester United last summer.

Seung-Woo is a little known quantity with the majority of Europe getting their first ever viewing of the young forward at the recently concluded Under-20 World Cup held in Turkey. 

Seung-Woo was part of the South Korean side which managed to qualify out of the group stages of the competition reaching the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Iraq on penalties. 

Seung-Woo made three appearances in the competition and scored two goals and impressed with his technical ability and eye for goal. 

Seung-Woo's strike from outside of the penalty area in the 2-2 draw with Portugal's Under-20 side was one of the goals of the tournament.

Seung-Woo will become the latest of Asia's exports to the German Bundesliga in recent times following the arrival and subsequent successes of Kagawa and Son Heung-Min. 

Dortmund supporters will certainly hope their new signing is set for the same success Kagawa had with the club. 

With Reung-Woo playing further up the pitch in a higher role than Kagawa, it is expected that he will be a more similar player to Heung-Min rather than the former Dortmund playmaker.

Seung-Woo stands at 5ft7in and weighs just over nine stone which places him very much in the leaner body type category. 

This delicate physique will perhaps be a stumbling block for Seung-Woo initially in the Bundesliga but he will not have to beef up too much with the league more renowned for its climate that allows technically gifted players to flourish without the physical test of say the Premier League in England.

With Dortmund last week saying their essential transfer business was complete following the acquisition of Henrikh Mkhitaryan the arrival of Seung-Woo for such a low fee suggests the South Korean will play very little first-team football this season.

He could even go out on loan or spend a lot of time with Borussia Dortmund II in order to aid his development as a player and acclimatisation to German football. 

The significantly low fee and little knowledge about the player will allow Dortmund to work with Seung-Woo without pressure and help him reach the levels of Kagawa if he is capable of those feats.

 

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