Sebastian Rode is finally closing in on a permanent transfer away from Borussia Dortmund, with Eintracht Frankfurt set to sign him in the coming days.
According to Kicker, Eintracht Frankfurt will pay Borussia Dortmund four million euros (plus two million euros in potential bonuses) for Sebastian Rode’s signature, and the transfer should be completed later this week.
After struggling to get game time under Lucien Favre, Rode spent the second half of last season on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt. There he rediscovered his form and helped the Eagles reach the semi finals of the UEFA Europe League, where they were beaten by eventual winners Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out.
In the second leg of the Chelsea tie, Rode sustained cartilage damage in his right knee which ruled him out for the rest of the season. The midfielder is now fit once again, and although he has no future at Borussia Dortmund, he can finally complete his move to Eintracht Frankfurt.
“Sebastian Rode looks good, we are in very good talks with Borussia Dortmund and we hope that we get that done promptly,” Bobic told Kicker after his side’s Europa League win over Tallinn on Thursday.
Rode spent four years in his first spell with Eintracht Frankfurt, before signing for Bayern Munich on a free transfer in 2014. He moved to Borussia Dortmund two years later for 12 million euros, and it’s fair to say that things haven’t worked out for the midfielder at the Westfalenstadion.
A return to Eintracht Frankfurt, where he will be a regular starter, will allow Rode to resurrect his career. Rode is still only 28, and if he can manage to stay injury free for the entirety of the campaign, he can prove to be a shrewd signing for Adi Hütter’s side.