Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Matthijs De Ligt from Juventus. The Dutch centre-back has joined for a fee worth €70 million up-front plus €10 million in add-ons. He passed his medical yesterday, and has been announced as a new player for the Bavarians as well.
Chelsea were also in the race to sign the player, but dropped out after he personally preferred a move to Bayern. After negotiations between the two parties took place in Turin, a fee well below his €100m+ release clause was agreed upon.
Bayern Munich sign Matthijs De Ligt
The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga champions, until 2027. He will be the replacement for Niklas Sule in the team after the Germany international left to join Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer.
Matthijs De Ligt follows Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui as new signings for the German giants. They are also expected to sign a striker for the short-term to replace Robert Lewandowski, who joined Barcelona.
The Dutchman had two years remaining on his Juventus contract and was not likely to renew his deal. As a result, the Bianconeri decided to cash in and sell the player before things got complicated. They have also signed a replacement for him in Gleison Bremer, beating rivals Inter Milan to his signing.
Considering his age, and his potential, he could be a mainstay for Bayern for years to come if he can adapt to the pace of the league.