It has emerged that Greece international Sokratis Papastathopoulos has completed a move from Bundesliga stragglers Werder Bremen to Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund.
The 24-year-old defender has enjoyed a relatively successful two-year stint at Bremen despite the club's recent inconsistencies, with a 14th place finish this season being a disappointment to the fans and board of directors alike.
The turmoil at the club led to head coach Thomas Schaaf being sacked despite a 14-year spell at the club.
Papastathopoulos' agent Kostas Farras confirmed the move by informing German press: "It's all signed. My client is now a Dortmund player", which subsequently opened the doors for defender Felipe Santana to pursue a move to Bundesliga rivals Schalke.
The transfer has come as a shock to Bayer Leverkusen general manager Rudi Voller, who revealed his contempt regarding the club's treatment, as he announced that they had allegedly had an agreement with the player and also with Werder Bremen before the player cancelled the deal and completed his move to Dortmund.
Yet despite this drama regarding his impending move, Papastathopoulos' transfer will commence a large chain of transfers in the Bundesliga and kickstart the impending transfer window.
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