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Bayern Munich has completed the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus for a fee of £68m. They will pay £59.5m upfront and the remaining £8.5m in add-ons. De Ligt becomes the fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Sadio Mane, Ryan Gravenberch, and Noussair Mazraoui. The Dutchman leaves Juventus after making 117 appearances during the three years he spent at the club.

“I’m 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 in the world,” Matthijs De Ligt said after completing his move to Bayern Munich. “I felt the genuine appreciation from the sporting management, the coach, and the board right from the start, which convinced me.”

“I’m very happy that Matthijs de Ligt will be playing for FC Bayern in the future. We wanted to bring Matthijs to Munich three years ago; we were already convinced by his qualities as a defender back then, and today we’re even more so. With his professionalism, his hunger, and his wonderful character, Matthijs fits in with our team and our ambitions,” sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. “He’ll take on an important role at FC Bayern on and off the pitch. He was already a leader as a youngster at Ajax, and at 22 he’s still capable of developing at the high level he’s at.”

“Matthijs de Ligt was a top target for us. With signings like this, the big aims that we have are achievable,” president Herbert Hainer said. “The future face of our team is increasingly taking shape, and this transfer is an important building block in the overall concept that we’re gradually putting into place. De Ligt should become a mainstay at FC Bayern.”

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