Contract: Jun 2016
After many months of negotiations, the transfer poker game between Schalke and Bayern Munich over Manuel Neuer's signature has come to a close. The Bavarians issued a press release on Wednesday confirming the capture of the Germany international, who will sign a five-year contract.
Additionally, FC Hollywood's official website confirmed the signing of Rafinha from Genoa on a three-year deal that will expire in 2014.
"Today, FC Bayern Munich and FC Schalke 04 agreed to terms of the transfer of Manuel Neuer. Consequently, Neuer will join the German record champions on July 1, 2011," read a statement on the official Bayern website.
Neuer was absolutely thrilled to complete his move to Bayern and is ready to start a new chapter in his career at the Allianz Arena.
"I'm really looking forward to a great and exciting challenge at Bayern," he said. "Many colleagues from the national team are now my team-mates in Munich. So I will not enter an unknown territory and should settle in quickly."
The 25-year-old Rafinha was also excited to return to the Bundesliga and issued a statement of intent heading into the upcoming season.
"I am delighted that the change to Munich has been completed and that I can play again in the Bundesliga," he said.
The Brazilian added that in Munich he will "finally win the title, which so far I have failed to do. Here I can play against the best teams and with the very best players in the world, I am very happy."
Financial details including transfer and contract values were not released, although it is estimated that Neuer cost €18 million plus bonuses, and Rafinha came for around €5.5m.
The pair follow Nils Petersen as Bayern's second and third signings of the transfer window.