Mats Hummels is returning to Bayern Munich, leaving Dortmund for its chief Bundesliga rival.
Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement that will see Mats Hummels join the four-time reigning league champions next season.
Dortmund says the two clubs have reached a deal in principle and that a formal completion of the transfer is expected in the coming days. Bayern says it has agreed on a deal with Hummels through 2021. The news comes in tandem with Bayern signing rising Portuguese star midfielder Renato Sanches from Benfica for $40 million, signing him through 2021 as well.
Hummels played his youth career in the Bayern system and began his professional days with the club. He left for Dortmund on loan from Bayern in 2008 and eventually made a permanent move to Dortmund the following season, where his career took off.
Hummels was on the Germany squad that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil—scoring the winner against France in the quarterfinals—and has been a captain for Dortmund, which will finish second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern. He will be the third Dortmund player to leave for Bayern in recent seasons, after striker Robert Lewandowski and attacking midfielder Mario Gotze—scorer of Germany's winning goal against Argentina in the World Cup final two years ago.
The Associated Press contributed to this report