Sebastiaan Bornauw is leaving Bundesliga club FC Cologne for series rival VfL Wolfsburg, both clubs confirmed on Friday. The transfer would cost about 17 million euros. The transfer is also good news for Anderlecht, because it still had a solid percentage on the resale. As a result, Anderlecht will soon be able to add an amount of around 3 million euros.
The 22-year-old central defender signs a contract in Wolfsburg for five seasons, until mid-2026. The transfer would involve an amount of seventeen million euros.
“I see a great opportunity here to take the next step in my career and to develop myself personally”, Bornauw said in a first reaction.
Good news for Anderlecht
Bornauw, who still had a contract in Cologne until mid-2024, has been associated with Wolfsburg for several weeks. He will be a teammate of compatriots Koen Casteels and Aster Vranckx, who came over from KV Mechelen this summer. The Dutchman Mark van Bommel has been the head coach of the Wolves since this season. Wolfsburg finished fourth in the Bundesliga last year and can start next season in the group stage of the Champions League.
The Brussels resident made the switch from Anderlecht to Köln in the summer of 2019, which then paid 6 million euros for ‘the Belgian Tarzan’. The Purple & White also negotiated a solid percentage on the resale and can therefore expect a few more cents. About 3 million euros, to be more precise. Bornauw quickly turned out to be a strong holder in Cologne. In two seasons, he made 57 official games for the Goats, in which he scored seven goals and provided one assist. Bornauw also made his debut with the Red Devils in October last year. He is currently on two caps.
Köln could visit Belgium for a successor to Bornauw. After all, KV Oostende defender Arthur Theate is now a solid option for the Bundesliga club. KVO has stuck a price tag of 8 million euros on his head. Bologna would also show interest in the curly hair. Although the Germans would have an advantage. After all, they would like to pay the full amount in one go, while Bologna would prefer to pay in instalments.