Gotze - Bayern snap up Dortmund striker

Coveted attacking midfielder will move clubs in July and link up with Pep Guardiola

Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze as he celebrates a goal against Greuther Fuerth during the German first division Bundesliga match. Photograph:   Ina Fassbender/Reuters

Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze as he celebrates a goal against Greuther Fuerth during the German first division Bundesliga match. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

Tue, Apr 23, 2013, 11:24

Bayern Munich have confirmed Mario Gotze will join them in July. The Bundesliga champions are prepared to meet the Germany attacking midfielder’s release clause in his contract with Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern announced the signing in a statement on their official website after Dortmund earlier revealed the player had told them he wanted to make the move.

Gotze’s release clause is set at €37 million, meaning that should he complete the move he will become the most expensive German player of all time.

The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the most coveted players in European football since coming through the ranks at Dortmund and making his Bundesliga debut in November 2009.

He played a key role as Dortmund won back-to-back Bundesliga crowns and has made 22 appearances for Germany, scoring five goals.

In January, Bayern announced former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will succeed Jupp Heynckes as boss this summer, having signed a three-year deal.