Tolisso signs record deal with Bayern
France midfielder Corentin Tolisso has left Olympique Lyonnais for Bayern Munich, signing a five-year deal worth a reported €41.5m - the most the German giants have ever spent and the most OL have received for a player.
Tolisso, 22, had been with Olympique Lyonnais since the age of 13, but now he has a brand new challenge ahead of him as he looks to carve out a place in Carlo Ancelotti's star-studded squad at the Allianz Arena.
"Corentin is an exceptional player and without doubt one of the best midfielders on the continent, but also a man with great personality," said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas of the indefatigable box-to-box man with an eye for goal. "It's a big and emotional loss for OL, but it's a great source of price to see one of our academy players join one of the biggest clubs in Europe."
On the back of a strong season for OL, a campaign that saw him earn his maiden France cap, Tolisso was in much demand and OL's wily president Aulas found a way to leverage this and trigger a deal that set new transfer records for both clubs - and the Bundesliga. By the sound of things, the youngster's ambitions are on par with the sums involved.
'Huge goals at FC Bayern'
"I had a wonderful time at Lyon, and I'm very grateful for that," said Tolisso, who was a priority signing for Ancelotti following the retirement of Xabi Alonso and who could earn up to €6m in bonuses. "Now I'm really pleased to be at one of the best clubs in Europe. I have set myself some huge goals at FC Bayern. Today is a great day for me."
The previous German transfer record was set at €40m when Bayern bought Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao in 2012, while Lyon's previous highest price tag for a sold player was the €38m they received when Michael Essien signed for Chelsea in 2005.