Justin Lerma: Who is the new Borussia Dortmund signing?

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Highly rated Ecuadorian talent Justin Lerma was confirmed as a new Borussia Dortmund player this past Tuesday. The 16-year-old attacking midfielder will stay in South America for two more years until he reaches 18 and makes his move to Dortmund.

As Sebastian Kehl stated while announcing his signing, Borussia Dortmund have been scouting Lerma for quite some time, keeping in touch with the player and his entourage for a while before finally making the move to complete his signature. This market approach from Kehl showcases that BVB are getting back to exploring more markets outside of Europe, and looking to help develop young talents.

In recent years, Borussia Dortmund have played a crucial role in the development of the likes of Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho, and Ousmane Dembele, helping them shine on the world stage. All three of them and others paid off not only on the pitch, but also financially. However, it has been a while since BVB have looked into alternative markets, especially in South America and Asia, to recruit talent.

Right now, it is difficult to predict whether Lerma will follow in the footsteps of those players, but it will certainly be exciting to see how he develops in the coming years. Before he makes the switch to Borussia Dortmund, here is a quick profile and a look at the fledgling career of Justin Lerma.