Austrian international Konrad Laimer has joined Bayern Munich on a free transfer from RB Leipzig, the Bavarian club announced on Friday.
Laimer’s contract with the German Cup winners expired in the summer and the midfielder was allowed to negotiate with other clubs from January 1.
Known for his relentless pressure, Laimer made 190 appearances for Leipzig, scoring 15 goals and assisting 19 more. He won the German Cup in 2022 and 2023 with Leipzig.
The Austrian had been linked with a move to Munich for several months and was a favorite of former Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann, who coached him at Leipzig.
Laimer is Bayern’s first summer signing and first major arrival since the departure of sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who was sacked by the club at the end of May.
Bayern won the league title on goal difference with Borussia Dortmund in the last matchday. It was his eleventh consecutive German championship.
Laimer will join a star-studded Bayern midfield that includes Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka and fellow Austrian Marcel Sabitzer.
Sabitzer, who will return to Bayern after spending the second half of the season on loan at Manchester United, also joined Munich from RB Leipzig.