Bundesliga bags Robben

Robben closing in on move to Bayern Munich

August 27, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Bayern Munich are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben, after an agreement was reached between the two sides.

Arjen Robben
GettyImagesThe winger has swapped Madrid for Munich.

General manager Uli Hoeness has announced Robben will have a medical on Friday and sign a contract in a deal worth in the region of €25m after the supremo reportedly flew to Madrid on Wednesday for talks with Real president Florentino Perez.

''He is on the way to Munich,'' confirmed Hoeness. ''It is right that we are interested in signing Arjen Robben. ''We have already reached an agreement with Real. He is one of the best attacking midfielders around in Europe and he has always been the player we wanted.''

Hoeness said: ''It is theoretically possible that he will play on Saturday. Our intention is for him to play on the right wing with (Franck) Ribery on the left, making our team even more attractive.''

Robben may not be the last new arrival at Bayern in the final few days of the transfer window as the club react to their worst start to a Bundesliga season in 43 years.

They have not won any of their first three matches this season and are already five points adrift of the league leaders, which is why Hoeness would not rule out a further new player coming to strengthen the club.

Hoeness said: ''At the moment we don't have anybody else in mind, but three or four days ago I would not have thought that Arjen Robben would come to Munich.''

Perez had already confirmed an agreement has been reached between the two clubs in an interview on Spanish radio station Onda Cero for Robben and the former PSV Eindhoven player told reporters: "I didn't want to go but the club wanted to sell me.

"There have been many lies but in the end I also have to decide what's best for myself because I also want to play and show what sort of player I am. Munich have given me a very good feeling."