Gomez joins Fiorentina
Bayern Munich have confirmed the departure of Mario Gomez to Fiorentina and wished the Germany international well as he leaves the club after four seasons.
In a statement on the club's official website, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "It was Mario Gomez's desire to leave FC Bayern for Florence. We have now accommodated his wish"
"He made a major contribution to two German title and two DFB-Pokals. The highlight was obviously the Champions League triumph and winning the treble last season.
"I would like to thank him for all his efforts with FC Bayern. In the name of FC Bayern, I wish him lots of happiness and success in Florence."
Earlier in the day the player’s agent Uli Ferber confirmed the two clubs had struck a deal.
Fiorentina appeared to have cooled their interest in the player late last week after making little progress in negotiations with the record German champions, but Ferber told Germany’s Sport1 television that an agreement was reached on Monday.
Treble-winners Bayern were reported to be asking in excess of €20 million for the 27-year-old, for whom the Viola had bid significantly less. A compromise with an initial fee of €16 million followed by further payments amounting to €4 million has now been reached, according to Germany’s Bild newspaper and reports in Italy.
Gomez turns 28 on Wednesday and he now appears likely to celebrate that with a move to the Serie A club and Europa League participants. The Germany international had been left out of Bayern’s recent pre-season friendlies, despite training with the Bavarians in their pre-season training camp in northern Italy.
"Mario wants to move to Fiorentina," said Bayern's director of sport Matthias Sammer to Sport1 television at the weekend. "Of all the offers we have received, Gomez has chosen Florence."
Neither of the clubs have yet confirmed the transfer of a player who scored 75 goals in 115 appearances for Bayern.