Bayern Munich have confirmed on their official website that they have reached an agreement with Manchester City for the transfer of Jerome Boateng for an undisclosed fee. The defender will sign a contract until the summer of 2015 upon completion of his medical later this week.
The Bavarians had long been after a new defender and were also being linked with Chelsea's Alex and Barcelona centre-back Gabriel Milito, but the 22-year-old Boateng was always their first option. Bayern initially failed to agree terms with City as they refused to meet the Premier League side's hefty asking price, but both sides have now reached a compromise.
"The negotiations were very intensive and it took quite a while before we managed to bring talks to a good end. We have now signed our top candidate for the centre-back position in Jerome Boateng," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
Sporting director Christian Nerlinger was equally pleased with the transfer, and stated that Boateng topped head coach Jupp Heynckes' shortlist.
"Jerome Boateng is a young Germany international who fits perfectly in the Bayern Munich philosophy. Additionally, he was Heynckes' absolute top priority."
Boateng started his professional career with Hertha and represented Hamburg before joining Manchester City in the summer of 2010. He failed to make an impact at the English club and will now attempt and relaunch his career in the Bundesliga at the Allianz Arena.