Back in January, reports circulated that Bayern Munich had an agreement in place to sign Sebastian Rode from Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 23-year-old is a midfielder who can play both centrally and in more of a holding role, with the latter being his stronger and more regular position.
And now Bayern have announced the deal is complete by posting a picture of Rode on their official Instagram account along with the news that he has signed a contract until June 2018.
The player’s current deal was set to expire this summer, meaning a he will move to the Allianz Arena as a free agent. But what does his imminent arrival mean for reported Manchester United target Toni Kroos?
Reports over the weekend claimed Kroos was likely to remain at Munich for another season, before leaving on a free transfer of his own in the summer of 2015. And that would certainly give the likes of Rode, and any other new arrivals, the chance to bed in before he takes his leave.
While the two men do not share exactly the same position on the pitch, Rode’s adaptability means he could go some way to replacing Kroos should the German international depart.
Whatever the case, Pep Guardiola’s side are showing that they refuse to stand still, with Rode to be joined by Robert Lewandowski at the end of the current campaign.
But with all these new arrivals, there will almost inevitably be departures, and United may still be hoping to benefit by getting one of the best young midfielders in Europe, either at a price this summer or for nothing 12 months further down the line.