22-year old Swiss international striker Josip Drmic is set to join Borussia Monchengladbach in the next few days, after Bayer Leverkusen announced the signing of his compatriot Admir Mehmedi from Freiburg earlier today. Drmic joined Leverkusen with high hopes for €6.8 million at the beginning of last season, after impressing at Nurnberg, but ultimately failed to live up to the expectations at Bayer. With six goals and one assist in 25 games, his contribution was rather minimal and Leverkusen seem happy enough with the prospect of still generating a decent profit from the deal, as the transfer fee is believed to be in the region of €10 million.
For Borussia Monchengladbach, the transfer represents the signing of yet another young Swiss prospect that immediately addresses Max Kruse’s recent €12 million departure to Wolfsburg. Despite Drmic’s underwhelming season at Leverkusen, this looks like a great signing by the Foals who are likely to be a better fit for the young forward. Furthermore, Gladbach may find the player’s Champions League experience to be beneficial to the team in the long run. At Borussia, Drmic will join fellow Swiss internationals Yann Sommer and Granit Xhaka, as well as Swiss managing genius Lucien Favre who will arguably know better as to how to utilise the striker.
Ultimately for Gladbach, this looks like a like-for-like replacement of Max Kruse and given Drmic’s youth, the money spent seems a great investment. It will be interesting to see as to how this transfer window continues for Borussia, although this first deal suggests that the club will have a strong summer, ahead of their first Champions League campaign. The next areas to be addressed are the defensive midfield position, as well as the central defence. There is a decent amount of budget available and Gladbach will surely spring a few more surprises in the next few weeks.