Borussia Mönchengladbach continue to recruit players for next season and earlier this week they went public with the news that Ibrahima Traoré, who plays for Stuttgart, will be a Gladbach player next season.
Traoré arrives on a free transfer and has signed a contract to 2018.
Traoré was born in 1988 and will be 26 next week. As an 18 year old he moved to Hertha Berlin where he became part of the club's youth team; he made his debut in the Bundesliga in 2007. After 72 appearances and six goals for Stuttgart, he goes on a free transfer to Gladbach. During this season he has scored two goals and seven assists.
For Guinea's national team, he has so far been 23 caps and five goals.
Sporting director Max Eberl said about the transfer: "Ibrahima Traore is an extremely fast winger who will add to our options in attack, making it more flexible."
While Monchengladbach have confirmed that the team's first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is set to leave the club, they have already confirmed who will replace him next season: FC Basel's Swiss national team goalkeeper Yann Sommer has signed on until 2019.
Aged 15 he moved to FC Basel's academy and has since gone from the youth teams right up to the first team where he has been first choice since the 2011-12 season. Once there, he has become a Swiss champion with the club no less than three times: 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Yann Sommer said about the move: "Firstly, Borussia is a very big and traditional club in the Bundesliga. With the conversations I've had with the club officials has felt very good, they hardly needed to convince me, if you'll get the chance to play for Gladbach, then take it.
"I look forward to the move, I've been checking into the stadium and facilities and everything looks very good."
Another signing is a 23-year-old German international. Andre Hahn who is currently doing fantastically well in Augsburg has signed a contract until 2018 with "Die Fohlen".
Hahn is a player who has had a real rollercoaster career so far. As recently as three years ago the now 23-year-old Hahn played in the German fourth division and TuS Koblenz.
With 10 goals and seven assists, he has been Augsburg consistently best player and a big reason why the club surprisingly behind in eighth place and play for a spot in next year's European games.
Sporting director Max Eberl was very pleased with the recruitment: "Andre has this season made some incredible developments in Augsburg, and he is now one of the best offensive players in the league. He has mastered several offensive roles and there was a great interest in him from other clubs and we are particularly happy that he has chosen us."
Gladbach are doing what Dortmund did a couple of years ago when they used the funds they had to buy overlooked talent and skill to compensate what they couldn't get through their youth academy. They use statistics and extensive scouting of young and talented players.
Within two or three seasons the world will know if Gladbach pull it off as well as Dortmund did.
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