Mario Götze, widely regarded as one of the best young players in the world game, will be swapping Borussia Dortmund
Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer, a world champion both as a player and coach, has labelled the 20-year-old the "German Messi"
Götze (r.) has appeared in 83 Bundesliga matches and scored 22 goals since breaking into the Dortmund team aged 17 during the 2009/10 season
Ten goals and eight assists have come in the current campaign, which is proving to be the midfielder's (l., with BVB team-mate Marco Reus) best so far
Götze won the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund in both 2010/11 and 2011/12...
...as well as the DFB Cup last year, thanks to a 5-2 final victory over his new club Bayern
Götze (l.) has also played a key role in Dortmund's run to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League this season,
He was closely shackled in the last-16 success against Malaga CF, where the Westphalia side needed a late comeback to overcome the Spanish outfit
Götze has so far featured 22 times for Germany since making his debut late on against Sweden on 17 November 2010
The UEFA EURO 2012 was a bit of a disappointment for Götze (c.), who only played a bit-part role following a season of niggling injuries
At Bayern, Götze (l.) will be meeting a number of familiar faces from the German national set-up in the summer,
It is the next step in a remarkably upward career trajectory for the playmaker (c.), who made his debut for the Germany youth team in April 2007 against Switzerland
A little-known fact about Götze is that he is a Bavarian native, having been born on Memmingen - a town approximately 115km west of Munich. He made the jump from Dortmund youth team to first team in a matter of months