Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels is returning to Borussia Dortmund this summer after the two sides came to a £33million agreement.
The Germany international left Signal Iduna Park back in 2016 after spending seven years with Dortmund but will return – and will face Bayern in his first game back when the two sides meet in the German Super Cup.
The 30-year-old is now heading back to where he made his name in the early 2010s after emerging as a youngster in Bavaria.
Having confirmed the news to their supporters via a GIF of Hummels on social media, a club statement read: ‘Borussia Dortmund has reached an agreement in principle with FC Bayern Munich over the transfer of defender Mats Hummels.
‘The centre-back, who previously played for BVB between 2008 and 2016, scoring 25 goals in 306 competitive appearances for the Black & Yellows, is set to return to his former club ahead of the new season.
‘The transfer remains subject to a medical, which has yet to be carried out.
MATS HUMMELS’ CV
2006–07: Bayern Munich II (42 appearances and five goals)
2007–09: Bayern Munich (One appearance and 0 goals)
2008–09: Borussia Dortmund loan (25 appearances and one goal)
2009–16: Borussia Dortmund: (225 appearances and 19 goals)
2016–19: Bayern Munich (74 appearances and three goals)
‘Both parties have agreed not to disclose the contents of the transfer agreement.’
While neither club revealed the fee involved, German media stated it is around £33m.
Dortmund narrowly missed out on the title in Germany following a competitive championship race that saw Lucien Favre’s side lead the perennial champions for much of the campaign.
But experience, with the likes of Hummels in their ranks, told as Niko Kovac’s Bayern side won their seventh straight Bundesliga crown on the final day of the season, with a comfortable 5-1 crushing of Frankfurt.
Hummels began his career with the Bavarian giants before joining Dortmund on loan in 2008.
The club made the move permanent for an incredible €4m (£3.6m) a year later, with Hummels going on to win two titles, one German Cup and finish runner-up to Bayern in the Champions League final in 2013.
With Bayern looking to overhaul their squad this summer, Hummels was seen as an expendable part as they build for the future.