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Bayern Munich splash €70m on Dutch defender De Ligt

The 22-year-old centre-half has spent three seasons at Juventus.

BAYERN MUNICH HAVE announced the signing of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt on a five-year deal.

The German champions will reportedly pay €70 million plus an additional €10m in add-ons for the 22-year-old’s services.

Dutchman De Ligt made a name for himself at Ajax – winning the domestic double and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League finals in 2019.

That earned him a €75 million move to Italian giants Juventus, where he has added the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia to his list of honours.

He is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world and has 38 international caps to his name.

“I’m very happy to become a player for this great club,” said De Ligt. “FC Bayern are the most successful club in Germany, one of the most successful clubs in Europe and in the world.

“I felt the genuine appreciation from the sporting management, the coach and the board right from the start, which convinced me. On top of that, FC Bayern is a brilliantly run club with big aims. I’m very glad that I’m now becoming part of the FC Bayern story.”

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Bayern president Herbert Heiner added: “Matthijs de Ligt was a top target for us. With signings like this, the big aims that we have are achievable. The future face of our team is increasingly taking shape.

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