Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich (1/6 Bundesliga outright) have completed the signing of RB Leipzig (12/1) midfielder Marcel Sabitzer on the penultimate day of the transfer window.
The Austrian has joined the 2020 Champions League winners on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
He is the second player to follow manager Julian Nagelsmann to Bavaria after French defender Dayot Upemecano was also acquired.
Sabitzer was captain at Leipzig and helped establish them as one of Germany’s big hitters following their promotion to the top flight in 2016.
He made 229 appearances in seven seasons at the Red Bull Arena but has now left to join his boyhood club.
“As a child my Bayern jersey was my pride and joy – I got a new one at Christmas every year,” said Sabitzer, who was linked with Tottenham and Arsenal.
“I’ll give everything for this club. I want to win as many matches as possible and of course collect lots of titles.”
It has been a relatively quiet day of transfer activity – seemingly the clam before the storm of deadline day.
Chelsea’s forgotten midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has returned to AC Milan (12/1 Serie A outright) on a two-year loan deal with the option of a permanent move available to the Rossoneri.
The once-capped France international joined in 2017 when Antonio Conte was manager but failed to make an impression and was sent to the San Siro a year later.
Further loan spells at Monaco and Napoli followed and he will be a Serie A player once more with AC Milan back in the Champions League for the first time in eight years.
Finally, Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane has joined Slavisa Jokanovic’s Sheffield United (6/1 To be promoted) on a season-long loan.
The Republic of Ireland international is down the pecking order at Villa Park and spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea.
Now, he will aim to help the Blades get promoted despite their poor start to the season with no win in five games.