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        Japan defender joins giants for around £25 million

        Hiroki Ito becomes Vincent Kompany's first Bayern signing

        2024/06/13 16:10

        Bayern Munich have announced their first signing of the summer transfer window with the arrival of Japanese defender Hiroki Ito for a fee believed to be in the region of £25 million.

        The 25-year-old centre-back, who can also play at left-back, has arrived at the Allianz Arena from Bundesliga arrivals Stuttgart, who finished above Bayern in the league last season, for what was his release clause.

        Ito began his professional career with J1 League side Jubilo Iwata back in 2018 with a loan spell at Nagoya Grampus during his four-year stint in his home country and then a season-long loan at Stuttgart in 2021, which was made permanent in 2022.

        Internationally he forms part of what is becoming something of a ‘golden generation’ for Japan and he has been capped 19 times for Blue Samurai, scoring one goal.

        He becomes the first signing of the Vincent Kompany-era in Bavaria and joins a defensive back-line that consists of the likes of Eric Dier, Kim Min-jae and Dayot Upamecano, as well as Matthijs de Ligt but there are rumours that the Netherlands international may depart this summer. 

        Market value
        31.00 M €
        Hiroki Ito
        Born/Age1999-05-12(25 -yrs-old)
        PositionDefender (Centre Back) / Defender (Left Back)



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        2024-06-13 17h56m by ocollinsworth
        Wow, great signing for Bayern Munich! Excited to see what Hiroki Ito will bring to the team.
        2024-06-13 17h36m by gkingsley
        As a football fan reading this article, I am absolutely thrilled to hear that Bayern Munich have made their first signing of the summer transfer window! Hiroki Ito is a fantastic addition to the team at a fee of £25 million, and I can't wait to see him in action. It's great to see Bayern investing in such a talented player, and I have no doubt that he will make a big impact on the pitch. Exciting times ahead for the club!
        2024-06-13 17h00m by awalkerson7
        As a football fan, I'm excited to see Hiroki Ito joining Bayern Munich! Adding a talented defender to the squad is just what we need for a successful season.
        2024-06-13 16h31m by hturnerford
        Great signing for Bayern! Ito has been impressive for both club and country. Can't wait to see him in action for Die Roten!
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