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Bayern Munich sign Yann Sommer in €8m deal following Neuer's skiing accident

18:01 GMT+3 19/01/2023
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Bayern Munich have completed a deal to sign Yann Sommer from Borussia Monchengladbach after No.1 goalkeeper Manuel Neuer broke his leg.
  • Deal could reach €10m
  • Contract runs to 2025
  • Neuer out for up to a year

WHAT HAPPENED? Bayern have been trying to sign the Switzerland international for a few weeks now, as they looked to bring in a replacement after Neuer broke his leg while skiing. The fee will be €8 million, with up to €1.5m in add-ons, according to Fabrizio Romano. The add-ons will be achieved if Bayern win the Champions League, with Sommer having penned a two-year contract to play for Julian Nagelsmann's side.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Bayern were in dire need of a new goalkeeper after Neuer's injury. Although he's 37 in 2023, the German is still a crucial part of the team, and should still return for at least another season before considering retirement. Sommer, therefore, is likely to only be a temporary solution.

WHAT THEY SAID?: Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn highlighted Sommer as a key signing: "Yann Sommer is a valuable addition for us, because he has a wealth of international experience and has already played in the Bundesliga for many years," Kahn said. "He has everything required to contribute immediately to our success."

Sommer, meanwhile, expressed his excitement to get going: "It's a big, powerful club. We've played against each other many times - I know the enormous quality and aura of this club," he said "I'm proud that I'm now a part of FC Bayern. We have some big challenges ahead of us. I'm hugely looking forward to starting here with my new team-mates, and to everything that is to come."

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WHAT NEXT FOR SOMMER? In Neuer's absence, the Swiss goalkeeper will be a first-team regular for Bayern as they push for the Bundesliga title and look to progress further in the Champions League knockout rounds.