Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Felix Nmecha from VfL Wolfsburg for a fee in the region of 30 million euros.
Felix Nmecha becomes Borussia Dortmund’s second signing of the summer transfer window. The 22 year old has put pen to paper on a five year contract with the Black and Yellows, and will wear the number eight shirt for the club.
Borussia Dortmund’s decision to sign Nmecha has come under plenty of criticism in recent weeks, as he has shared a number of homophobic and transphobic posts on social media.
BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and president Reinhold Lunow addressed the issue in a statement, and said that they are convinced Nmecha doesn’t harbour any transphobic or homophobic beliefs.
"“We are aware that this transfer has attracted criticism in recent days due to two posts that Felix has shared online. It was therefore important for us to talk intensively with the player about his faith and values.”“Felix is very young, his religion is deeply rooted in him, and – like all of us – he is certainly not without faults. But in intensive talks, he absolutely convinced us that he does not harbour any transphobic or homophobic beliefs.”“Felix himself has emphasized that he respects and loves all people, regardless of their skin color, religion or sexual orientation.”"
Fans displayed banners outside the club’s offices and stadium last month as a protest against the transfer. And more protests are likely to follow in the coming days.
On the pitch, Borussia Dortmund will hope for Felix Nmecha to fill the gap left by Jude Bellingham following his big money move to Real Madrid. The Germany international likes to play in the number eight role, and Sebastian Kehl is confident that he will bolster their midfield in both defence and attack.
"“Felix Nmecha is a fast, technically skilled and physically strong player who will improve our midfield with his profile both offensively and defensively. He enjoyed a first-class education at Manchester City and showed his potential at Wolfsburg last season.”"
Felix Nmecha joined Wolfsburg from Manchester City in 2021 and made a total of 50 appearances for them. Now he has joined Borussia Dortmund, where he will be under the microscope both on and off the pitch in the coming months.