Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of Japanese midfielder Mitsuro Marouka from Cerezo Osaka.
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Marouka, 17, will join last season’s Champions League finalists on Jan. 6, his 18th birthday, on an 18-month loan deal.
Dortmund have also inserted an option to sign the player permanently if the loan is successful.
Marouka will play for Dortmund’s reserve side in the German third division and becomes the second player to sign for Dortmund from Osaka, following in the footsteps of Shinji Kagawa in 2010.
After joining for 350,000 euros Kagawa won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the DFB Pokal before leaving for Manchester United in a move reported to be worth 20 million euros.
Marouka becomes the second Asian player to make the move to the Bundesliga this week with title-hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen signing Seung-Woo Ryu on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old South Korean joins Sami Hyypia’s side from FC Jeju United on a season-long loan, also with the option of a permanent contract.
Ryu made a name for himself during the under-20 World Cup in Turkey in the summer, and had already been linked with Borussia Dortmund, with several papers reporting the deal as done.