BVB land Kiev ace Yarmolenko

29 August 2017 03:35:46 EST

Borussia Dortmund have signed Dynamo Kiev striker Andrey Yarmolenko to fill the gap left by the mega-money departure of Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona.

The 27-year-old Ukraine international has put pen to paper on a four-year contract with BVB just a matter of hours after the second costliest transfer in football history was confirmed when Dembele left for the Camp Nou.

I will work hard in every training session in order to help BVB reach the highest level attainable.

Andrey Yarmolenko

And sporting director Michael Zorc is confident that Dortmund have brought in a suitable replacement for Dembele, with Yarmolenko having scored 29 goals in 69 appearances for the Ukraine national team.

He told his club's official website: "Andrey is a player we have been following for some time, one who plays at the highest level at both club level and for the Ukraine national team."

Yarmolenko himself added: "I am very grateful that Dynamo Kiev has allowed me to pursue my dream of going to play for a big European club. I will work hard in every training session in order to help BVB reach the highest level attainable - which is always my top priority."

However, Ajax's rising Danish star Kasper Dolberg has ruled out following Yarmolenko to the Westfalenstadion, insisting that he will remain in Amsterdam for at least one more season.

The talented forward told "It isn't my plan to leave Ajax. I've played (only) one season in the first team of Ajax and I've got the feeling I can bring a lot more.

"They told me I don't have to care about the interest of clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Monaco. I'm 100 per cent sure I'm staying at Ajax this season."

Dortmund are priced at 5/2 to win the Bundesliga without Bayern Munich this season, with RB Leipzig available at 1000/1 and Schalke 1/3.

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