The Ivory Coast international has joined BVB on a four-year deal from Ajax.
Sebastien Haller has set himself the target of helping Borussia Dortmund put an end to Bayern Munich’s dominance in the Bundesliga.
The 28-year-old striker completed his move to Dortmund from Ajax on Tuesday. The German side will pay Ajax an initial fee of €31 million, which could later rise to €34.5 million in add-ons.
Haller, who comes off the back of a superb 34-goal season with Ajax in 2021/22, will be expected to fill the void left by the Manchester City-bound Erling Haaland at Signal Iduna Park.
Fighting Bayern is the target
It’s been a decade now since Dortmund last won the Bundesliga under Jurgen Klopp. Since then, they tried and failed as Bayern Munich romped to success in the last 10 seasons in a row.
Haller, who played for Eintracht Frankfurt between 2017 and 2019, hopes to help amend this and is looking forward to playing at the club’s stadium again.
“It was a great opportunity for me with the club, the people at the club, and also I know a few of the players. I had a good connection. I just want to have a good time and be successful,” Dortmund’s new #9 told the club’s media.
“The goals are, of course, to fight with Bayern and be first,”
“Why not? I’m a strong striker, I try to lay off and play simple. My job is to be in the box at the right moment, at the right time, to score the goals. That’s it. “
On Signal Iduna Park, Haller added: “It’s an epic stadium. I have a good feeling because the pitch is really good, and the atmosphere was always really good.
“Even if I didn’t win [with Eintracht Frankfurt], I always have a great memory of this stadium because you are in really good conditions to play football. These games are a reminder that you play a beautiful sport.”
Haller is the seventh signing Dortmund have made in the summer transfer window.
The Black and Yellows have also signed Niklas Sule, Karim Adeyemi, Marcel Lotka, Alexander Meyer, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Salih Ozcan so far.