- Title: Dortmund midfielder Weigl to join Benfica
- Date: 1st January 2020
- Summary: DORTMUND, GERMANY (NOVEMBER 20, 2017) (REUTERS) JULIAN WEIGL (LEFT) JOGGING AND CHATTING DURING TRAINING WITH BORUSSIA DORTMUND
- Embargoed: 15th January 2020 08:55
- Keywords: Benfica Borussia Dortmund Julian Weigl
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- Country: Germany
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
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- Story Text:Portuguese champions Benfica have agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign German midfielder Julian Weigl for 20 million euros ($22.42 million), the clubs announced on Tuesday (December 31).
Weigl, 24, had been a permanent fixture in Dortmund's midfield since his move from 1860 Munich in 2015, making 171 appearances for the club and winning the DFB Pokal in 2016-17 and the German Super Cup earlier this season.
"Julian approached us with this wish and we agreed - also because of his service to the club," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement https://www.bvb.de/eng/News/Overview/Julian-Weigl-moves-to-Portugal.
"We wish him all the best for the future."
Dortmund said the deal is subject to a successful medical exam, with Weigl expected to sign a contract in the coming days.
Benfica lead the Portuguese league standings with 39 points from 14 matches -- four points ahead of second-placed Porto -- and next play away at Vitoria Guimaraes on Saturday (January 4).
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