Bayern Munich has officially sign Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez for €80 million(£68m/$90m).
The full-back, who was part of the France team who won the 2018 World Cup, has signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga champions after completing a medical during the international break.
He becomes the second defender to have signed for Bayern this summer, with his international teammate Benjamin Pavard additionally on his way to Bavaria from Stuttgart after a €35m (£31m/$40m) deal, was signed in January.
“Today is an important day in my football career,” Hernandez stated in a statement released by his new club. “Bayern Munich is amongst the best clubs in Europe and the world. I am glad to be able to battle for titles for Bayern in the future.
“I would like to thank Atletico, the management, the managers, my teammates and the fans for a brilliant 12 years. Atletico will always be a part of me. Presently I’m glad that I’m making the next stride at Bayern.”
Hernandez leaves Atletico having framed a key part of defence under Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital.
Since making his debut for the Rojiblancos in 2014 he has made 110 appearances for the club, however, he has been sidelined for Simeone’s side this season as he requires knee ligament surgery.
“According to our medical report, we discovered he injured the inner tendon of his right knee, which must be fixed surgically,” Bayern club specialist Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt revealed.
“As far as I can tell, Lucas Hernandez will be able to play for FC Bayern at the beginning of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season.”
Hernandez, who can likewise play at center back, has made 15 appearances for his country and played each game for Didier Deschamps’ side as they lifted the World Cup for the second time in Russia the previous summer.
“I am happy that in Lucas Hernandez we have had the capacity to sign one of the best defenders in the world and World champion,” said Bayern sporting chief Hasan Salihamidzic.
“Lucas can be utilized both in both center defense and on the left of the defense. Likewise, Lucas will proceed with our tradition of extraordinary French players and strengthen our team.”
Hernandez’s signing proceeds with Bayern’s rebuilding project after an uninterested transfer campaign for the giants of German football.