Freiburg snap up Mali's Garra Dembele

Mali international Garra Dembele
Dembele came to the attention of Europe's leading sides when scoring 34 goals for Levski Sofia last season

Mali striker Garra Dembele has joined German Bundesliga side SC Freiburg from Bulgarian club Levski Sofia.

The highly-rated Malian attracted many admirers after scoring 34 goals in 36 games for Levski last season.

"Dembele will join up with the team and start training on Monday," Rudi Raschke, Freiburg's Head of Communications, told BBC Sport.

Raschke would not be drawn on the length of contract nor price paid for the 25-year-old international.

Meanwhile, Freiburg director Dirk Dufner says Dembele will be a "great reinforcement for our attack."

Some will see the Malian's arrival as a potential replacement for Senegal's Papiss Demba Cisse.

The striker, who was the Bundesliga's second best scorer with 22 last season, is reportedly the target of several foreign clubs.

However, Freiburg says it has yet to receive an official offer for a man who has expressed his wish to join a team playing Uefa Champions League football.

Eariler this year, a Bulgarian court handed Dembele a suspended eight-month prison sentence for drink-driving and producing a forged licence.

The court also disqualified him from driving in the European Union for nine months following his apprehension last December.

The sentence for Dembele, who was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit, was suspended for three years - with the striker ordered to pay minimal costs.

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