Liverpool blow as midfield target has Dortmund move confirmed

Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed that midfielder and long-term Liverpool target, Mahmoud Dahoud, will join Borussia Dortmund this summer.

The player, who has long been linked with a move to Anfield, will complete the move at the end of the season, Gladbach confirmed via their website.

Dahoud, who had also been courted by Juventus, will leave Gladbach a year before the end of his deal and will reportedly cost a fee of around £12million.

In confirming his departure, Gladbach’s sporting director Max Erbel said: “A decision has been made: Mahmoud Dahoud will be leaving us. He has chosen to join Borussia Dortmund.

“It was important for the player and the club that a decision was reached. Now it’s off our minds and we can move on.

“This transfer shows that we’re doing good work. Our task is to develop talents and be successful.

“We will reinvest the money we get for Dahoud and try to find a good replacement for him.”

The club’s coach Dieter Hecking insisted Gladbach, who last summer sold Granit Xhaka to Arsenal, would find a suitable replacement for the player: “Borussia has shown in recent years that we can compensate well for losing players of his quality.”

Dahoud joined Gladbach from Fortuna Dusseldorf’s youth setup in 2010 and continued his development in the Fohlenstall.

He has been a part of the first-team squad since the 2013/14 season.

The midfielder has featured in 52 Bundesliga games (6 goals), 16 European fixtures (1 goal) and seven DFB-Pokal ties (0 goals) to date. He has also provided a total of 14 assists.