After details of the transfer were leaked to the press on Monday night, Die Schwarzgelben announced the following morning that the Germany international would be moving to the Allianz Arena this summer, with their Bundesliga rival following suit later in the day.
It was widely reported at the time that the buy-out clause Bayern had agreed to meet was 37 million, and on Thursday, Dortmund confirmed that this was the case in an ad-hoc press release. The timing of the announcement of the Gotze deal, coming as it did on the eve of Dortmund's Champions League first leg semifinal clash with Real Madrid, caused great controversy.
Gotze, for his part, has apologized for the furoe caused by the deal and thanked his club's fans for sticking by him in Wednesday night's sensational 4-1 rout of Los Blancos through social media.
"[It's been] a turbulent few days for you, the club and me," the Germany international wrote on his Facebook page. "Thanks a lot for your support yesterday ..."
Gotze's transfer to Bayern will make him the most expensive German player in history.