Lucas Hernandez has officially completed his €80m transfer from Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich.
The full-back has been persistently linked with a move to Bayern for the past three months following his impressive performances during France’s 2018 World Cup victory.
Despite ruling out a January move, Atletico’s executive director Miguel Angel Gil Marin kept the rumours strong by refusing to rule out a summer exit for Lucas.
French news outlet RMC Sport then announced last week that Bayern were close to finally activating Lucas’ €80m buy-out clause.
And now the Frenchman has officially joined the Bundesliga champions on a five-year contract after undergoing a medical examination.
“Today is a very important day in my football career,” Lucas told the club website.
“Bayern Munich are one of the best clubs in Europe and the world. I am proud to be able to fight for all titles for Bayern in the future.
“I would like to thank Atletico, the management, the coaches, my team-mates and the fans for a wonderful 12 years. Atletico will always be part of me. Now I’m happy that I’m taking the next step at Bayern.”
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “I’m very happy to be able to sign one of the best defenders in the world, a World Cup winner, in Lucas Hernandez.
“Lucas can play both in central defence and at left-back. Moreover, Lucas will continue our great tradition of French footballers and improve our team.”
However, during Lucas’ medical it came to light he had sustained ligament damage in his right knee. Therefore, Bayern and Atletico have agreed to end his season prematurely to undergo surgery today.
“In our sports medical examination, we found damage to the inner ligament of the right knee, which must be repaired surgically,” said Bayern club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.
“In my experience, Lucas Hernández will be available to FC Bayern for the start of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season.”
The capture of Lucas comes just a week after Bayern president Uli Hoeness announced they will be embarking on their biggest-ever summer spending spree to add some badly needed fresh talent into the squad.
VfB Stuggart defender Benjamin Pavard will also be joining his France team-mate at the Allianz Arena next season.