French defender Lucas Hernandez will join Bayern Munich for a record 80 million euros ($90m, Sh9 billion) this summer from his current club Atletico Madrid, the German club announced on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old World Cup winner will sign a five-year contract starting on July 1, Bayern said in a statement.
The 80 million euro fee makes him the most expensive signing in Bayern’s history, almost doubling the sum paid for Corentin Tolisso.
It also makes Hernandez one of the most expensive defenders in history, and one of the most expensive players ever signed by a German club.
The tackle from Lucas Hernandez was so good that it required a 360 camera.pic.twitter.com/lLjgBrbY5k— Owuraku Ampofo (@Owurakuuu_) March 27, 2019
“I am very happy that we have managed to sign Lucas Hernandez, who is a World Cup winner and one of the best defensive players in the world,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
“Lucas can play in central defence or at left-back. He will strengthen our team and continue the tradition of fantastic French players at our club.”
or at left-back. He will strengthen our team and continue the tradition of fantastic French players at our club.”
Hernandez has had a knee problem for a while. He has not played for Atletico since Feb 9 and missed France’s recent internationals.
Bayern said that he would undergo an operation on Wednesday after a medical exam revealed a problem with his knee.
Lucas Hernandez will join Bayern after the season.— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) March 27, 2019
What are Bayern getting?
– one of the best young defenders in the world
– superb CB & great LB
– extremely fast & athletic player
– 23-year-old with a lot of top level experience
Magnificent transfer for Die Roten. pic.twitter.com/G9MDKJORKn
“Our medical examination revealed damage to Lucas Hernandez’ right knee, which will have to be operated on,” said Bayern team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, confirming that Hernandez would, nonetheless, be fit to play by the start of next season.
Hernandez signed for Atletico Madrid as a youth player in 2007, and has made 110 senior appearances for the club since his
Last summer, he was a key player in France’s World Cup winning campaign.
“Bayern are one of the best clubs in the world. I will be proud to compete for all titles for Bayern in the future.”
“Atletico will always be a part of me, but I am now happy to be making the next step at Bayern.”
“I would like to thank Atletico, the management, the coaches, my teammates and the fans for 12 wonderful years in Madrid,” he concluded.
This is Bayern’s second signing of a World cup Champion.
January: Bayern Munich confirm the €35m signing of Benjamin Pavard— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) March 27, 2019
March: Bayern Munich confirmed the €80m signing of Lucas Hernández
World Cup winners. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/m7Af4wWA1K