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Borussia Dortmund close in on South Korean starlet

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Klopp has signed three players already. (©GettyImages)
Klopp has signed three players already. (©GettyImages).

It appeared that Borussia Dortmund were finished with summer transfers after acquiring Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. 

However, during the past week, both Dortmund manager Klopp and CEO Watzke teased fans by saying they were not finished just yet this summer.

In regards to future transfer this summer, Watzke coyly stated to reporters: “I could tell you a lot about him. But I won't. Only this much: He is not from the Bundesliga. And we are working on the transfer.”

The player on Klopp’s radar, appears to be South Korean U20 prospect, Ryu Seung-Woo.

Online version of the German sport magazine Kicker prematurely first reported that 19-year-old Korean prospect was to become the fourth Borussia Dortmund signing of the summer. 

It is important to note that team officials have not officially confirmed speculation surrounding Ryu. However, local media in Dortmund is highly confident of completing the deal.

In an interview with Yonhap News Agency, Ryu confirmed that he has been approached by Dortmund and that negotiations are taking place. However, Ryu refuted any claim that a deal was completed.   

Ryu, who currently plays as an attacking midfielder at Korea’s Chung-Ang University, said: “I haven't made up my mind. Nothing has been determined. I will let my agent take care of any transaction, and I will just focus on football.”

Dortmund is infamous for signing relatively unknown young international prospects at a discount and allowing coach Klopp to develop them into household names across Germany, as well as the rest of Europe.

Chung-Ang University’s Head CoachCho Jeong-ho, said Tuesday that, “Ryu has received an offer, but his move to Dortmund is not yet final. He is injured, and there is no need to hurry.”

Ryu Seung-Woo (pronounced Lyu-Sung-Oo) would become the third South Korean in the Bundesliga. Earlier this summer, BVB were linked with Sunderland’s Ji Dong-Won, who spent half of last season on loan in the Bundesliga with FC Augsburg. The black and yellow have wisely opted to go with the raw Ryu, instead of spending any more money this summer on proven international players.

Dortmund supporters hope that Klopp can replicate Shinji Kagawa’s development with Ryu, as both are offensive midfielders from Asia.


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