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Confirmed: Mario Götze set to be the first signing for Guardiola's Bayern project

Dortmund confirm that the 20-year-old has agreed terms after Bayern triggered the €37 million release in his contract.

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Updated 9.30am

BAYERN MUNICH ARE set to announce the signing of German star Mario Götze from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund for €37 million.

Following reports in German daily Bild this morning, Dortmund confirmed that Götze, who was under contract until 2016, signed a long-term deal with German champions after they triggered a release clause.

With ex-Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola set to take over as Bayern coach on 1 July, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder will be the first addition to his new squad.

Barcelona, Manchester City and Arsenal were all reportedly been interested in the German international. Götze joined Dortmund in 2001 as an eight-year-old and made his Bundesliga debut in 2009, aged 17. His first appearance for Germany came in October 2010.

He has since made 22 appearances for Joachim Loew’s Germany and scored five goals, the first of which came on his first start in the 3-2 friendly win over Brazil in August 2011, when the then 19-year-old was outstanding.

Bayern host Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first-leg on Tuesday while Goetze and Dortmund are at home to Real Madrid on Wednesday in the other last-four clash.

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