Gotze Agrees to Join German Champion Bayern Munich, Bild Reports

Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze agreed to join German soccer champion Bayern Munich, Bild reported, without saying where it got the information.

Gotze, 20, will leave Dortmund at the end of this season after Bayern agreed to pay the 37 million-euro ($48.2 million) release clause in his contract, Bild added on its website. Gotze has agreed on a long-term deal with Bayern and will be paid a salary of about 7 million euros a year, the newspaper said.

Gotze won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund in 2011 and 2012 and has helped the club reach this season’s Champions League semifinals, where it faces Real Madrid over two matches starting with tomorrow’s opener in Germany.

Bayern, which faces Barcelona in the other two-game semifinal in Europe’s elite club competition, will have a new coach from July when Pep Guardiola takes over from the retiring Jupp Heynckes.

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