Bayern Munich have done it again!
The defending Bundesliga champions have poached two more German internationals from an up-and-coming team. Hoffenheim’s Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy will exchange their blue kits for red ones after the season.
Süle, 21, has signed a five-year contract and, according to Bild, will move with a fee of €20 million with potential bonus payments. Rudy, 26, has signed a three-year deal and will move to Bayern once his contract with Hoffenheim expires.
“We are very content and happy that Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy will transfer to Bayern,” Bayern chariman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said as part of Bayern’s statement. “The transfer of two German internationals is also an investment in Bayern’s future.”
Though neither was part of Germany’s squad for the European Championship, Süle and Rudy have both received Germany caps at the end of 2016. They are both prominent players in Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim team that currently sits fifth in the table, each making 16 appearances in the Bundesliga and the German Cup.
Süle has been a hot prospect since making his professional debut in 2013 as an 18-year-old. Jonathan Tah got the call-up ahead of him for the Euros, but he played in nearly every game for Germany at the Olympics in Rio. He is a key piece to the three-back system Naglesmann has used at the end of the first half of the season.
The more seasoned Rudy is perhaps the most versatile player Hoffenheim has. He has played on the right side of defense and various positions in midfield. He is currently in his seventh season at Hoffenheim, all of which have been in the Bundesliga.
“To transfer to Munich is an absolute dream for me. I want to win titles there,” said Rudy, who also voiced his excitement to play for “one of the best teams in the world.”