Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Marc Roca from Espanyol in a deal believed to be worth €15m.
Linked with Bayern last summer, the Under-21 European Championships winner was one of Espanyol’s best performers in 2019/20 as they suffered relegation to the Segunda Division.
The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the newly crowned European champions and will wear the number 22 shirt at the Allianz Arena in 2020/21.
Speaking on his move, Marc Roca told Bayern’s official website: “I’m very happy. This is a dream come true for me.
“I think FC Bayern is the best club in the world and has strong tradition. I’m really looking forward to wearing the colours of this great club.”
Former player and current board member Hasan Salihamidžić added: “We’re very happy to have signed Marc Roca. He’s an outstanding fit for our team both as a player and a person, and will continue to develop here with us. We’re sure he’ll add great value to our team.”
Roca becomes Bayern’s fourth signing of this transfer window, following the arrivals of Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, Manchester City talisman Leroy Sane and Paris Saint-Germain defender Tanguy Kouassi.
His arrival follows the midfield departure of Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool, and will undoubtedly have big shoes to fill in the heart of this Bayern side.
While Roca is yet to make his senior debut for the Spanish national team, he’s been one of the most promising midfielders in La Liga in the last couple of seasons, and will likely be in the running to head to the European Championship next summer if he can hold down a place at Bayern.