Defending German league champions Bayern Munich confirmed on Sunday they had sold Brazil centre-back Dante to Wolfsburg and signed France under-21 winger Kingsley Coman on loan from Juventus.
Bayern have paid Juve seven million euros ($7.82m) for the 19-year-old Coman on a two-year deal with an option to buy him in 2017 for 20 million euros.
“I am looking forward to living in Munich and playing for FC Bayern. I want to take the next step in my career and want to help the club to be successful in the next two years,” said Coman.
The teenager boasts the impressive record of having won three league winners medals in his three years as a pro, with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013 and 2014, then last year with Juventus.
The fleet-footed youngster, who can play on either wing, has been signed as cover for Bayern’s veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery and the German champions have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool in the race to sign him.
On the same day Bayern announced Coman’s arrival, so Dante left after winning three league titles in Munich for a reported four million euros.
Dante has fallen out of favour with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola due to a lack of pace and the Brazilian, whose full name is Dante Bonfim Costa Santos, has found himself on the bench for Bayern’s three league games this season.
He made his first Bundesliga appearance of the 2015/16 campaign by playing the last 17 minutes of Bayern’s 3-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday which has proved to be his farewell.
“Dante simply wanted the chance to play regularly and we didn’t want to hinder his wish,” explained Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement.
The defender, who has not made the Brazil squad for their September friendlies against Costa Rica and the United States, was a key factor in Bayern winning the 2013 treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles.
Having joined Bayern from Borussia Moenchengladbach in July 2012, Dante has won the Bundesliga title three times in succession and lifted the German Cup twice, as well as the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup crowns in 2013.
“We want to thank Dante. FC Bayern experienced a very successful time with him including lots of great moments and titles,” added Rummenigge.
“In addition, we have got to know Dante as a very pleasant and friendly person. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Wolfsburg are poised to sell attacking midfield Kevin de Bruyne to Manchester City and the German Cup holders are set to splash out more cash before the transfer window closes in Germany at 1800 local time (1600 GMT) on Monday.
Schalke’s Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has also been heavily linked to Wolfsburg, although Royal Blues’ boss Horst Heldt insisted on Sunday that nothing had yet been decided. – Agence France-Presse