Under acclaimed tactician Julian Nagelsmann, German giants Bayern Munich have added another big name signing this summer, as the Rekordmeister have officially confirmed the signing of Dutch international center-back Matthijs de Ligt.
According to Romeo Agresti, the Bavarians agreed to terms with De Ligt two days ago and have paid a significant €70 million guaranteed fee with another €10 million in add-ons for the 22-year-old former AFC Ajax academy graduate, who has signed on with Nagelsmann’s troops for an initial 5-year contract until 2027.
After losing key center-back and German international Niklas Süle to fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer, Nagelsmann was always looking for a replacement, and De Ligt now joins a center-back core that includes Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernández, Chris Richards, and youngster Tanguy Nianzou, with Hernández the only option over the age of 23.
Bayern made another big-name signing this summer after signing Sadio Mané from Premier League runner-up Liverpool, as well as a double-Ajax swoop for young Dutch teenager Ryan Graveberch and Moroccan international right-back Moussair Mazraoui.
Bayern Munich will still have to figure out how to replace Robert Lewandowski, who completed his long-awaited move to Barcelona by switching from Bavaria to Catalunya.
Though the possibility of using one of the aforementioned Mané or Serge Gnabry as a center-forward under Nagelsmann in a profile similar to Timo Werner’s successful use at RB Leipzig exists, the question remains whether or not Bayern will once again brave the summer market before the club kicks-off its Bundesliga campaign against RBL in the DFL Super Cup on 30 July.