Bayern Munich have signed Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Jan Sommer to replace the injured Manuel Neuer. The legendary Bavarian guard injured himself while skiing and will be out for a long time.
“We had to react after losing Manuel. We have big goals this season that we want to achieve and that’s why we brought in Jan Sommer, who is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe,” commented club director Hasan Salihamidzic.
The 34-year-old Sommer is among the best players in the world, having produced strong performances in goal for Switzerland for many years. So far, there are 80 matches for the national selection and playing in three world championships.
He joined the Bundesliga in 2014 from Basel and has made 335 appearances in all competitions for Borussia.
“I am proud to be part of Bayern now. We have big challenges ahead of us,” said Sommer. He thanked Borussia Mönchengladbach for “eight and a half wonderful years and for not stopping him with this transfer”.
Bayern are paying 8 million euros for the transfer, and another million and a half can be paid in the form of bonuses.
Gladbach’s sporting director Roland Firkus said: “Our club owes him a lot and we have tried to accommodate his wish as well as let him go for a reasonable fee and on the condition that we find an adequate replacement for him immediately.”
Sommer’s replacement is 29-year-old Jonas Omlin from French side Montpellier, who signed a contract with Borussia until June 20, 2027.