Borussia Dortmund has officially sent Italian striker Ciro Immobile on loan to Sevilla for the upcoming season.
The move comes on the heels of reports that a mix of poor attitude and poor play last season have soured Immobile’s reputation around the club enough that they do not wish to return. According to a report by Kicker, Immobile’s behavior on the club’s recent tour to Asia angered new manager Tom Tuchel enough to send him away.
The loan will reportedly cost Sevilla $4 million, and according to Sky Sports Italy, Sevilla has a mandatory buy option for $10 million at the end of the season
Immobile made a lucrative $21 million move from Serie A to Dortmund last summer, but was incredibly poor during his first season in the Bundesliga, scoring just three goals in 24 league appearances – including none in 2015 – and he found himself nothing more than a bench option after the new year.
The deal means that Borussia Dortmund will start the 2015/16 campaign with just two feature strikers in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adrian Ramos, the latter of which is coming off a poor season of his own thanks in large part to injury trouble.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Italian joins a Sevilla squad in serious transition, with Immobile looking to replace Carlos Bacca who was sold to AC Milan.