For the second time on the day, Bayern Munich confirmed one of their own was moving on.
Though it'd largely been anticipated as but a matter of crossing t's and dotting i's, the Bundesliga champions announced Thursday evening that central defensive midfielder/center back Jan Kirchhoff had moved to English Premier League side Sunderland with immediate effect. Kirchhoff's new deal with The Black Cats will keep him there through June of 2017. The terms of the transfer weren't immediately disclosed.
Just yesterday Kirchhoff failed to travel with his (now former) Bayern teammates to Qatar to train, leading to a barrage of reports that a transfer was all but finalized.
The one time German youth international had been speculated as a possible departure for some time. Kirchhoff, who spent each of the last two seasons on loan with FC Schalke, now heads to a club in desperate need of a shake up. As things currently stand, Sunderland lie in the EPL's relegation zone, trailing Swansea City (and a hold in their division) by four points.
Kirchhoff's injury history is well documented. Bayern fans are now left to wonder what could've been had he been able to more consistently stay healthy.