Munich - FC Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with ACF Fiorentina for the transfer of Mario Gomez to the Serie A side.
Major contribution to Bayern's success
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge struck the deal with his Fiorentina counterpart Andrea Della Valle on Monday and the paperwork will be signed in the next few days.
“It was Mario Gomez’s wish to leave FC Bayern and move to Florence, and we have now fulfilled that wish,” said Rummenigge on his club’s website. “I would like to thank him for his performances for FC Bayern and, on behalf of FC Bayern, wish him lots of happiness and success in Florence.”
The 27-year-old Germany international scored 112 goals in 172 games for the record German champions. “With those, he made a major contribution to two Bundesliga titles and two DFB Cup successes,” added Rummenigge. “The highlight, of course, was winning the Champions League and the treble last season.”
In an interview with the Bayern website, Gomez expressed the bittersweet nature of his departure. "It's a difficult decision to leave the best club in the world. Bayern Munich made my dream come true - winning the Champions League," he said. "I love football and just want to play more often."
While the front man is set to be given just that in Florence, where "they play fantastic, attacking football", Gomez was in no doubt about the calibre of the side he was leaving: "I'm absolutely convinced that in the next three or four years Bayern will be just as successful in the Champions League."