Wolfsburg have completed their second signing of the winter transfer window, bringing in attacking midfielder Renato Steffen from serial Swiss champions Basel.
Steffen, a five-time Switzerland international who helped the Basel reach the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 this season, has put pen to paper on a contract running until June 2021 at the Volkswagen Arena.
Our Wolves have secured the services of Renato #Steffen from @FCBasel1893! The 26-year-old has signed on with VfL until 2021 and will wear the number 8 jersey. We're looking forward to having you here, Renato!😀 #vflwolfsburg pic.twitter.com/6etf5f7gpr— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) 10 January 2018
Steffen follows Josip Brekalo to Lower Saxony, after the Wolves reacted to the departure of Mario Gomez earlier in January by recalling the Croatian from his loan spell at Stuttgart.
A natural right-sided attacker but capable of filling in on the left flank, Steffen, 26, has scored three goals and picked up three assists in 17 Swiss Super League appearances this season.
"I'm really pleased to be able to play for Wolfsburg," said Steffen, who will wear the number eight shirt, upon the announcement of the move. "VfL have an excellent reputation in Switzerland, because players like Diego Benaglio, Ricardo Rodriguez and Timm Klose all made breakthroughs here. My aim is just to be able to help the team as quickly as possible."
"I've followed him throughout his career," said Wolfsburg head coach Martin Schmidt, who also hails from Switzerland. "Renato has developed really well at Basel and has become an important player for them. He's got excellent mental strength, is a real fighter who gives it his all and stands out because of that and his efficiency."