In a move that appeared to be inevitable for months, Borussia Dortmund have now officially secured the signature of VFB Stuttgart goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. The 23-year-old signs a five-year-contract with the Black & Yellows, for a fee reported to be around €15 million.
The goalkeeping position has been an area of doubt and concern for Dortmund over the past several years, with Roman Burki and Marwin Hitz never fully convincing. Last month we analyzed all the potential options for the club, and decided that Kobel would be the most sensible long-term signing. Kobel ended the season with a 69% save percentage and an 82% passing percentage, that should serve Dortmund’s desires to play out from the back.
Being only 23, Kobel also has plenty of time to grow into one of Germany’s elite keepers. In fact, it’s rare for keepers to be so talented so early on in their careers, as the very top tend to mature later. This should all be positive for the Black & Yellows, as they look to replace both Roman Burki and Marwin Hitz in both the short and long-term.
As our analysis earlier in the season would suggest, Gregor Kobel should prove to be a fantastic signing for Marco Rose’s Borussia Dortmund.