One day before the derby against Hertha BSC, 1. FC Union struck again on the transfer market. As has already been indicated in the past few days, Aissa Laidouni is moving from the Hungarian record champions Ferencvaros Budapest to Berlin.
The 26-year-old can play in central midfield on the six or eight and could relieve Rani Khedira in particular, for whom there has been no real alternative so far. With the Tunisian national team, Laidouni took part in the Africa Cup and the World Cup in Qatar last year. After Jerome Roussillon and Josip Juranovic, he is the third new signing this winter.
“We have known Aissa’s qualities for a long time. His box-to-box game, his intensity and his understanding of the game will help us to bring more qualities to our game,” Union manager Oliver Ruhnert said in a press release.
Laidouni is particularly looking forward to the move to the Bundesliga. “As a professional soccer player you want to compete at the highest level, preferably in one of the best soccer leagues in the world. I’m convinced that I’ll fit in well here and I’ll give everything to be successful with Union,” said the Tunisian.
Raised in the Paris suburbs, Laidouni went through the youth ranks of SCO Angers. However, he did not achieve a breakthrough in France. He ended up at Ferencvaros in 2020 via the Romanian club FC Voluntari and matured there to become a national player. A strong past year also aroused the interest of some clubs from the larger European leagues. Now he decided for the Berliners, who, according to media reports, pay a transfer fee of around four million euros.
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