Bayern Munich, the reigning German champions, have signed RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer on a free transfer.
Laimer, who signs a four-year contract with Bayern, already stated he would be leaving Leipzig after their early-June German Cup victory.
Laimer, 26, has made 190 appearances since joining Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg in 2017. He also won the 2021/22 DFB Cup and retaining that title in his final game for the club.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” said Laimer.
“Bayern is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I will give everything for the club and the fans,” Laimer said of his four-year deal in Munich.
“Bayern always has the highest goals – just like me. I’m in the right place here. I’m only capable of giving 100 per cent, and that’s what I’ll put into every training session from day one. I can hardly wait.”
The Austria international will primarily provide competition for Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in the middle of the park.
Laimer has earned a reputation as a high-energy presser in the engine room; it made him such a favourite of ex-Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann when the pair were at Leipzig.
The Austrian is also known for his long-range shooting, as Bayern themselves have found out first hand, with two of his 10 Bundesliga goals coming against his new club.
“We are delighted to have signed Konrad Laimer. He comes to us as a two-time DFB Cup winner – and together we will now hopefully celebrate many more great victories and titles here at Bayern,” added new CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen.
On the final day of the season last month, the Bavarians won the Bundesliga, finishing five points ahead of Leipzig in third.
Laimer’s first competitive appearance in a Bayern shirt could well come against Leipzig when the two sides meet in the season-opening Supercup, scheduled to be played on 12 August, in a repeat of last year’s fixture, which the Bundesliga champions won 5-3 at the Red Bull Arena.