Torino striker Ciro Immobile is at the centre of a summer transfer battle between some of Europe’s leading clubs and it appears Borussia Dortmund have stolen an unfair march on their rivals.
At least that’s the verdict of Torino director Alberto Barile, who claims that the German club failed to gain permission from his current club before speaking to the player’s representatives.
Immobile is co-owned by Torino and Juventus meaning that any formal approach would need to be agreed by both respective parties, although it is believed that Dortmund only gained the necessary authority from Juventus before opening talks with the Italian international.
According to Goal, Barile said: "Last Friday, BVB (Borussia Dortmund) only spoke with Juventus - and then in the evening with Ciro or with his adviser.
"However, he (Immobile) belongs to us. Moreover, he plays for us so I really would like to know how Dortmund came up with the idea to only talk to Juventus.
"In any case, the entire approach violates Fifa's transfer rules. So far neither Borussia Dortmund or Atletico Madrid have reported to us.”
Immobile has scored 22 goals in 33 Serie A appearances so far this season - his first with Torino - and is part of Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil alongside teammate Alessio Cerci who has also been strongly linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico this summer.
Barile maintains that while he would love to see the 24-year-old stay in Turin he would allow a move should the player request once the season is concluded.
"We have an important game on Sunday in Florence, which means everything for us - we do not want such stories as it won't help our Europa League chances," he continued.
"We will talk with Ciro about the situation after the season. If he really wants to go then we will (not) be putting any obstacles in the way. Angelo Ogbonna also came to us at the end of last season and asked for a transfer to a big club and we let him go to Juventus.
"It would be good for him if he stays with us. We're like a family here and we have a very good relationship with him."
Dortmund are in the market for a striker to replace Bayern Munich bound Robert Lewandowski who leaves big boots to fill having once again claimed the top scorer accolade in the Bundesliga, but would do well to avoid the wrath of FIFA.
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