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Bayern Munich to sell defender after signing Matthijs de Ligt

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Update July 17, 4:45 PM EST – Bayern Munich must sell centre-back after signing Matthijs de Ligt

According to the kicker and corroborated by Florian Plettenberg, Bayern will have to sell a centre-back in order to raise funds following the signing of De Ligt from Juventus. Based on previous reports, the candidates for sale are Chris Richards and Benjamin Pavard.


Update: July 17, 4:15 p.m. EST — We have hard numbers

Looks like Bild was right for a change! I know, what a shock! Either way, Bayern Munich are expected to pay Juventus €70m guaranteed plus €10m in bonuses. The number has been confirmed by several journalists so far, so it seems legit. Bayern did well to negotiate a drop in demands from Juve of around €80-90m in total.

Here is Di Marzio’s confirmation:

And Fabrice Romano:

De Ligt should soon be able to join the team on the American tour.


Update: July 17, 3:40 PM EST — Done!

Juventus have accepted Bayern Munich’s offer for Matthijs de Ligt. First reported by Christian Falk of Bild, it has been corroborated by Kerry Hau and Romeo Agresti!

De Ligt is expected to become a Bayern player very soon. He will likely be able to join the team for the pre-season tour of the United States this week.

According to Bild, the transfer fee is 70m guaranteed + 10m addons, the exact number Italian sources told us was dismissed earlier. Let’s keep an eye on that one, shall we?


Update: July 17, 3:30 PM EST — Bayern want to close the deal tonight

There is no rest for Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić tonight. It may be past 9pm in Germany, but Bayern Munich’s sporting director has reconnected with his Juventus counterparts (via SPORT1’s Kerry Hau).

Brazzo is determined to get this one out as soon as possible. SkySport’s Gianluca Di Marzio reports that a deal is imminent:


Update: July 17, 3:15 PM EST – Juventus reject €70+10m bid from Bayern Munich for Matthijs de Ligt

According to Di Marzio, Bayern have offered around €70m fixed plus €10m in bonuses for De Ligt. This figure has been corroborated by Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sports Germany, so you can assume it’s legit. The Italians are still holding out for around €80m fixed, but the two sides are much closer to a deal than they were before.

It looks like Bayern are ready to make De Ligt their most expensive signing ever.


Matthijs de Ligt is back in Turin and training with Juventus, but maybe not for long. According to Italian journalist Romeo Agresti, considered quite reliable, Bayern Munich are keen to finalize a deal for the Dutchman before Juve departs on Wednesday for their pre-season tour of the United States. This leaves just over 48 hours for both parties to reach an agreement, should the transfer be announced within that time.

According to the same report, the two clubs are closing in on each other’s valuations. Agresti quotes a transfer fee of around €80-90m – probably a slight overstatement, since his sources are clearly from the Italian side of the negotiating table. It’s like the time Liverpool demanded over €50m for Sadio Mane.

Bayern have a decent amount of money thanks to the sale of Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona, ​​which is good because De ligt is sure to be an extremely expensive signing. For the moment, the exact figures remain to be debated.

Juventus, meanwhile, are targeting Villarreal defender Pau Torres as a replacement for the starting Dutchman. With Kalidou Koulibaly already confirmed by Chelsea FC and Barcelona chasing Jules Kounde, the pool of top quality centre-backs available to buy is shrinking by the minute. This is another factor that is likely pushing the two clubs to strike a quick deal.

With any luck, we’ll see MDL in a Bayern Munich shirt in the coming week. Stay tuned for more news and updates on this transfer.

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