Dortmund confirm Gotze departure to Bayern

On the eve of the Champions League semi-finals, Borussia Dortmund have dropped a transfer bombshell by confirming the news of Mario Gotze’s summer departure to Bundeslinga rivals Bayern Munich.

The move, reported by the Guardianwas confirmed on Dortmund’s official Facebook page, although there hasn’t been any comment from the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions, Bayern.

A get-out clause in the attacking midfielder’s contract has been activated, and the 20-year-old will link up with the Bavarians in July. The fee is estimated to be in the region of £32m, and is Pep Guardiola’s first movement in the market, as he prepares to succeed Juup Heyneckes at the season’s end.

Dortmund’s statement read: “Mario Gotze’s agent Volker Struth told us a few days ago that the player wishes to make use of his release clause and on July 1, 2013 move to Bayern Munich.

Coach Jurgen Klopp and sporting director Michael Zorc asks all fans of Borussia Dortmund to support Mario Gotze unconditionally as they would any other player in the final games of the season, but especially in the important Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

Gotze was a target of several European clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester United. He has won two league titles in his short career, and found the target five times in 22 international appearances for Germany.

The news is great timing for Bayern ahead of their semi-final against Barcelona on Tuesday evening. They have won the league, and will face Stuttgart in the German Cup final in June.

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