Borussia Dortmund and Burnley reach agreement over Soumaïla Coulibaly loan deal

Soumaila Coulibaly. (Photo by Vasile Mihai-Antonio/Getty Images)
Soumaila Coulibaly. (Photo by Vasile Mihai-Antonio/Getty Images) /

Soumaïla Coulibaly is set to join Burnley on loan with an obligation to buy for 17.5 million euros at the end of the season.

Highly rated defender Soumaïla Coulibaly is set to leave Borussia Dortmund, with multiple reports claiming that an agreement has been reached with Burnley over his sale. The 19 year old will join the newly promoted English Premier League side on an initial season-long loan deal.

The two clubs have also agreed to include a mandatory purchase clause in the deal, and the transfer will be made permanent at the end of the upcoming season. Borussia Dortmund will receive a total fee in the region of 17.5 million euros.

Coulibaly joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer from PSG in 2021. But he only made two first-team appearances for the Black and Yellows, as injuries and high competition for places meant that he struggled to get any real playing time. His last appearance for BVB came in the 3-3 draw against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

Soumaïla Coulibaly will now hope for a fresh start at Burnley, who are coached by former Manchester City centre-back Vincent Kompany. Still only 19, Coulibaly has high potential and getting regular playing time will allow him to further his development.

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It will be interesting to see if Borussia Dortmund decide to sign a new centre-back this summer following Coulibaly’s exit. Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Süle and Mats Hummels are the only natural centre-backs in the BVB first-team. And another centre-back may well be needed if BVB are to compete on all fronts next season.