German Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munich have signed Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Corentin Tolisso for a new club record 41,5 million Euros transfer fee. The 22-year-old France international has put pen to paper on a five-year deal until June 30, 2022.
Following a medical in Munich and the contract signing, the 1.81m central midfielder, who scored 14 times for Lyon last season, said, “I had a wonderful time at Lyon, and I’m very thankful for that. Now I’m really pleased to be at one of the best clubs in Europe. I have great aims for my time at FC Bayern. Today is a great day for me.”
FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, “We’re really pleased we’ve been able to sign such a young and interesting player ahead of stiff competition from abroad. Corentin Tolisso was Carlo Ancelotti’s wish for our midfield.”
“We’ve been watching him very carefully. He’s a player who was of great interest to us and the coach. I’d say he’s a bit similar to Javi Martinez when he joined us, also not so well known. Tolisso is a pretty quick, technically good player. He’s also a threat in front of goal and scored 14 times last season, as well as providing a lot of assists. He’s a player that the FC Bayern fans can look forward to,” Rummenigge added.
Corentin Tolisso will have to prove himself in Munich with him replacing Xabi Alonso in the FC Bayern midfield.