Bayern Munich look set to equal their club-record signing on Wednesday with the €40m capture of Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso.
German newspaper Bild are reporting that the France international has flown to Munich for a medical and should finalise his move imminently.
The news is a sucker punch for Chelsea, who reportedly made a formal offer for Tolisso last week after his brilliant season for Lyon.
Weirdly, given Bayern’s embarrassment of riches in almost every position, the proposed deal will equal their record amount they splashed out on none other than Javi Martinez way back in 2012.
That’s right – not Thiago Alcantara, not Douglas Costa, and certainly not Robert Lewandowski who was brought in on a free from Borussia Dortmund.
Martinez, a relatively unassuming defensive midfielder who has been plagued by injuries, is Bayern’s record signing.
Bayern had to move hell or high water to bring the Spanish international to Bavaria from Athletic Bilbao five seasons ago, with Manchester United also heavily interested.
But their move for Tolisso is now set to match that business.
The 22-year-old was influential for Lyon as they reached the Europa League semi-finals this season, scoring 14 and assisting seven goals in all competitions and earning a first senior France cap in March.
With Xabi Alonso retiring and doubts over the future of Renato Sanches, Tolisso could form a devastating trio with Thiago and Arturo Vidal at the heart of the Bayern midfield.