The early transfer of Miroslav Klose from Werder Bremen to Bayern Munich has just been announced. After weeks of speculation the deal has now been done.
In an announcement to Kicker, it has been revealed that the German striker will join the Bavarian side now rather than at the end of his contract in July 2008.
This ends weeks of speculation. Exact details of the transfer have yet to be agreed, but it is thought that Bayern have raised their initial offer of €10 million to €12 million. The fee could rise to €15 million dependant on Bayern success.
According to sources at Bayern there were amicable discussions between Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeneß from Bayern’s side and Klaus Allofs and Manfred Müller from Bremen. The transfer should go through on 1st July.
“It has been about a fair solution for both sides” Rummenigge revealed.
Klaus Allofs confirmed, “Bayern Munich have fulfilled our conditions, so that we can give our agreement to this transfer.”
Klose will arrive in Munich on Thursday for a medical examination before signing a four year contract. The 29 year old could then appear at Bayern’s first pre-season training session on Friday.
The first rumours of a move appeared in April, but ever since a poker game over the player has ensued. Bremen made their demands clear, while Bayern remained confident they could get their man on their terms. It had gone very quiet recently, as Bremen stood their ground.
Klose joins Frank Ribéry and Luca Toni as Bayern’s big summer signings. The ‘complete overhaul’ that Uli Hoeneß promised in May has now taken place.