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May 30, 2014

Dortmund close in on Immobile signing

Ciro Immobile's move to Borussia Dortmund moved a step closer to completion on Thursday after Juventus and Torino held "good talks" with the Bundesliga club.

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Immobile, who ended last season as Serie A's top goalscorer with 22 goals, has already expressed his desire to join Dortmund and play in the Champions League next season.

The complicated nature of his registration, which is shared equally by the two Turin clubs, rendered negotiations more difficult than usual. However, reports in Italy suggest the Bianconeri and the Granata have both accepted a bid from Dortmund, believed to be just short of 20 million euros, and the 24-year-old is set to sign for last season's Bundesliga runners-up before the weekend.

Immobile is currently training with the Italy national team in preparation for the World Cup. He will discover this weekend whether he will make the cut for Cesare Prandelli's final 23-man squad, and he should also know before boarding a plane to Brazil where he will be playing next season.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Immobile will put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Dortmund, where he will take the place of Robert Lewandowski following his defection to Bayern Munich this summer.

However, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc played down speculation that the deal was going to be imminently completed, telling kicker that "good talks" had been held between the parties.

He will become the third Capocannoniere -- top goalscorer -- in a row to emigrate from Italy, following in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, who both joined Paris Saint-Germain.

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