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Update: He’s here! Matthijs de Ligt arrives in Germany for his Bayern Munich medical

Done deal, Bayern are De-Ligted. Now attention turns back to squad planning on the back line.

Juventus Medical Tests Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images

Update: July 18, 7:00PM EST — Medicals, part one

Matthijs de Ligt is now one step closer to becoming a Bayern Munich player. While we’re hanging on the edges of our seats: nothing’s gonna go wrong, right?

Busy, busy day for the player and reporters alike.

Update: July 18, 2:45PM EST — Matthijs de Ligt is in Munich for his medical

The red Audi has been busy this summer! Last seen during the transfer of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich, it was now filmed picking up Matthijs de Ligt from the airport. From here he will go to a hotel, and then be back out for his medical tomorrow morning. After the medical and the contract signing, he’ll get on a plane and fly off to meet the rest of the team in the US.

As an aside, here he is leaving Juventus on good terms. Maybe a lesson for a certain someone?

Update: July 18, 11:15AM EST — Matthijs de Ligt trains with Juventus for one last time

As Bayern Munich departs for the US preseason tour, incoming signing Matthijs de Ligt trains with his former team for one last time. Hasan Salihamidzic and Marco Neppe have stayed back in Munich to conclude the transfer. Meanwhile, De Ligt’s agent Rafaela Pimenta arrived in Turin to finalize the last remaining details with Juve executives regarding the transfer.

Update: July 18, 5:30AM EST — Matthijs de Ligt is set to have his Bayern Munich medical later today

The transfer is nearing conclusion. Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is traveling to Germany where he will have his medical and sign his contract. He should join the rest of the team for preseason in the United States right after.

Pimenta is the successor to Mino Raiola and therefore also represents Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch. She has been responsible for a lot of Bayern’s business this summer.

Update: July 17, 4:45PM EST — Bayern Munich need to sell a center-back following the signing of Matthijs de Ligt

According to kicker and corroborated by Florian Plettenberg, Bayern will need to sell a central defender in order to raise money following the signing of De Ligt from Juventus. Based on previous reports, the candidates to be sold are Chris Richards and Benjamin Pavard.

Update: July 17, 4:15PM EST — We have concrete numbers

Looks like Bild were right for a change! I know, what a shock! Anyway, Bayern Munich are set to pay Juventus €70m guaranteed plus €10m in bonuses. The number has been confirmed by several journalists so far so it’s looking legit. Bayern did well to negotiate down from Juve’s demands of around €80-90m in total.

Here’s the confirmation from Di Marzio:

And Fabrizio Romano:

De Ligt should soon be able to join the team on the US tour.

Update: July 17, 3:40PM EST — It’s a done deal!

Juventus have accepted Bayern Munich’s bid for Matthijs de Ligt. First reported by Christian Falk of Bild, it has been corroborated by Kerry Hau and Romeo Agresti!

De Ligt is set to become a Bayern player very soon. He will likely be able to join the team for the preseason tour in the United States this week.

According to Bild, the transfer fee is 70m guaranteed + 10m in addons, the exact number Italian sources told us was rejected earlier. Let’s keep an eye on that one, shall we?

Update: July 17, 3:30PM EST — Bayern want to close the deal tonight

There’s no rest for Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić tonight. It may be past 9PM now in Germany, but the Bayern Munich sporting director is back in contact with his Juventus counterparts (via SPORT1’s Kerry Hau).

Brazzo’s determined to hammer this one out ASAP. SkySport’s Gianluca Di Marzio reports that a deal is imminent:

Update: July 17th, 3:15PM EST — Juventus reject a €70+10m bid from Bayern Munich for Matthijs de Ligt

According to Di Marzio, Bayern bid around €70m fixed plus €10m in bonuses for De Ligt. This number has been corroborated by Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sports Germany, so you can assume it’s legit. The Italians are still holding out for around €80m fixed, but both sides are much closer to an agreement than they were before.

Seems that Bayern are willing to make De Ligt their most expensive signing ever.

Matthijs de Ligt is back in Turin and training with Juventus, but maybe not for much longer. According to Italian journalist Romeo Agresti, considered quite reliable, Bayern Munich want to finalize a deal for the Dutchman before Juve fly out on their US preseason tour on Wednesday. This leaves just over 48 hours for the two sides to reach an agreement, if the transfer is to be announced in that time frame.

According to the same report, the two clubs are getting closer to each other’s valuations. Agresti quotes a transfer fee of around 80 to 90 million euros — probably a slight overestimate, since his sources clearly come from the Italian side of the negotiating table. This is just like the time Liverpool demanded over €50m for Sadio Mane.

Bayern have a decent amount of money on hand thanks to selling Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona, which is good because De ligt is sure to be a wildly expensive signing. For now, the exact numbers remain up for debate.

Juventus, meanwhile, are targeting Villarreal defender Pau Torres as a replacement for the departing Dutchman. With Kalidou Koulibaly already confirmed by Chelsea FC, and Barcelona pursuing Jules Kounde, the pool of top quality center backs available for purchase is shrinking by the minute. This is another factor likely pressuring both clubs to come to a quick deal.

With any luck, we’ll see MDL in a Bayern Munich shirt in the upcoming week or so. Stay tuned for more news and updates on this transfer.

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