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John Brooks becomes priciest US footballer with €20m Wolfsburg move

  • Central defender leaves hometown club Hertha Berlin
  • Previous record was held by striker Jozy Altidore

John Brooks has become the most expensive US footballer in history after making the move from Hertha Berlin to Wolfsburg for a reported €20m ($22.5m). The previous record belonged to Jozy Altidore, who moved from AZ Alkmaar to Sunderland for €10m in 2013.

The defender was born in Berlin to an American father and German mother, and has played for Hertha for his entire career but reportedly requested a transfer. “It wasn’t an easy decision to leave my hometown, but after the talks with [sporting director] Olaf Rebbe and [coach] Andries Jonker I wanted to join Wolfsburg because both soon convinced me of their plans for VfL,” Brooks told Wolfsburg’s official website. “I want to contribute my share so that Wolfsburg can live up to their earlier success.”

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