BREAKING NEWS: Bayern Munich seal De Ligt deal as Netherlands defender departs Juve

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Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus in a deal worth a reported €80million.

The Netherlands international has agreed on a five-year contract with the Bundesliga champions, ending his three-year spell in Turin.

De Ligt becomes Julian Nagelsmann’s fourth signing of this window after Sadio Mane and former Ajax duo Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch.

The defender has two years left on his contract at Juventus – for whom he played more minutes than any of his Serie A team-mates last season (2,675).

Bayern have reportedly agreed to pay the Bianconeri an initial €70 million plus an additional €10 million.

Speaking to the club’s website after his signing was confirmed, De Ligt said: “I am very happy to become a player for this great club. FC Bayern is the most successful club in Germany, one of the most successful clubs in Europe and the world.

“From the beginning, I felt a real appreciation from the sports management, the coach and the management, which convinced me. In addition, FC Bayern is a well-run club with big goals. I am very happy that I am now becoming part of the FC Bayern story.”

Bayern president Herbert Hainer added: “Matthijs de Ligt was a top target for us. With signings like this, the big goals we have are achievable.”

“The future face of our team is taking shape more and more and this transfer is an important building block in the overall concept that we are gradually introducing. De Ligt should become a mainstay at FC Bayern.”

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