Official: Bayern Munich sign Dutch international on 5-year deal

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.

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