Bayern officially sign De Ligt from Juventus for potential €77M fee
The club will pay Juventus a total of €67 million over four seasons, the Serie A side confirmed in a statement. The deal could cost an additional €10 million in bonuses.
Bayern will likely use the proceeds from Robert Lewandowski's estimated €45-million transfer to Barcelona to finance the signing.
"Matthijs de Ligt was a top target for us. With signings like this, the big aims that we have are achievable," Bayern president Herbert Hainer said. "The future face of our team is increasingly taking shape, and this transfer is an important building block in the overall concept that we're gradually putting into place. De Ligt should become a mainstay at FC Bayern."
The 22-year-old is Bayern's fourth summer signing after Sadio Mane, Noussair Mazraoui, and Ryan Gravenberch. The Bavarians have committed €117.5 million in transfer fees so far, according to transfermarkt.com.
Manager Julian Nagelsmann needed a replacement for Niklas Sule, who left Bayern for Borussia Dortmund after his contract expired in June. Nagelsmann can now partner De Ligt with Lucas Hernandez in central defense or strike a rotation with Dayot Upamecano, who struggled in his first season with the club.
Juventus initially signed De Ligt from Ajax in 2019 for €75 million, beating out fierce competition from Barcelona. Taking amortization into account, the club said it would bank a profit of approximately €30.7 million.
De Ligt made 109 appearances in all competitions for Juventus, winning Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana in 2020 and the Coppa Italia in 2021.
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