Borussia Dortmund have today announced the signing of 28-year-old striker Sébastien Haller from Ajax for a reported €35m including bonuses.
Haller has signed a four-year contract until 2026 with the Bundesliga club after passing a medical last month.
“We’re very pleased to have been able to sign Sébastien Haller – a seasoned centre-forward who has recently caused a sensation in the Champions League, but who also knows the Bundesliga in particular and has already demonstrated his class and high-quality finishing there,” said sporting director Sebastian Kehl.
“The overall package is very promising. Sébastien possesses a strong physical presence and he is physically very resilient. With his experience, he can also offer support and stability to our young attacking players. During the talks with us, he made it clear that he has big ambitions with BVB.”
Haller represented France at youth level before opting to play for Ivory Coast. A product of the Auxerre youth academy, Haller spent six months on loan at Utrecht in 2015 before making the move permanent. In 2017, he joined Eintracht Frankfurt before winning the DFB Pokal in 2018. The 1.90m tall striker then moved to the Premier League with West Ham United where he scored just 10 goals in 48 games between 2019 and 2021.
The French-Ivorian joined Ajax in January 2021 for €21.5m, becoming their leading scorer in the 2021/22 Eredivisie season with 21 league goals. Haller also scored 11 in eight games in last season’s Champions League.
Haller sits alongside Ousmane Dembélé, Mats Hummels and André Schürrle amongst BVB’s all-time record signings. He becomes their latest signings following the arrivals of Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck, Salih Özcan and Karim Adeyemi.
During his career, Haller has scored 142 goals in 347 games.