Bayern Munich have confirmed the arrival of left-back Omar Richards from Reading on a free transfer.
The 23-year-old, who enjoyed an impressive campaign in the Championship this year, had rejected the offer of a new contract at the Madejski Stadium and struck a deal to join up with Bayern a few months ago.
“My move to FC Bayern is a great honour for me," Richards told Bayern's official website. "A dream has come true.
"I’m proud to be wearing the shirt of one of the world's biggest clubs. I hope I can help the team continue to be successful in the future. My thanks to the management at FC Bayern for their trust. Our conversations were very convincing. I can't wait to be on the pitch for Bayern. Mia san mia!”
Richards, who will wear the number three shirt at the Allianz Arena, has penned a four-year contract to tie himself to Bayern until 2025.
Director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “We’re delighted Omar is coming to FC Bayern. Omar is a technically gifted player on the left side of defence. He finds good solutions going forward, he’s very alert and we trust him to play a good role in our team.”
Richards has been drafted in as cover for first-choice left-back Alphonso Davies, and his arrival means Lucas Hernandez can focus on his duties at centre-back next season instead of sharing time on the left with Davies.
Bayern have been working hard to get a head-start in the transfer market this season. On top of striking a deal to bring in Julian Nagelsmann to replace manager Hansi Flick, they have also already confirmed an agreement to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.
2020/21 was another successful season for Bayern, who won the Bundesliga, Super Cup, DfL Supercup and the Club World Cup, but the club hope to address failures in both the DfB-Pokal and Champions League.
Source : 90min