Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Ivan Perisic from Club Brugge.
A statement on Dortmund's official website revealed that the 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year deal. The player's release fee was not revealed, but is estimated to be in the region of €5.5 million.
Perisic enjoyed a superb season for Brugge, and his tally of 22 goals scored led the Belgian Pro League. He spent most of the season as a left forward and occasionally as a central playmaker, but Dortmund general manager Michael Zorc believes that the Croatia international is in many ways similar to Michael Ballack.
"[Perisic] is a guy like Michael Ballack, only much faster than the [Bayer] Leverkusen player. He can play in a standard 4-2-3-1 on the left or central behind the striker. Perisic has the advantage that he can play deep and bring the ball out," Zorc told Kicker.
Perisic could therefore provide competition for fellow newcomer Ilkay Gundogan to fill the void in defensive midfield with the departure of Nuri Sahin for Real Madrid. In addition, the Croat will compete with attacking midfielders Shinji Kagawa, Kevin Grosskreutz, and Mario Gotze.
Perisic will be Dortmund's fourth signing for the 2011-12 season. Thus far, the Bundesliga champions have announced the signatures of Gundogan from Nurnberg, as well as Chemnitz's Chris Lowe and winter signing Moritz Leitner, who returns from his loan spell at Augsburg.