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Bayern announce fourth new signing


Munich : Dethroned German champions Bayern Munich said that they have completed the signing of German defender Marcell Jansen from relegated Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Both clubs have agreed not to disclose the transfer fee for the 21-year-old left-footed player, who has 14 caps for Germany and is in the squad for the two Euro qualifiers against Slovakia and San Marino.

It is thought though that the transfer fee is around nine million euros.

Jansen conducted the medical examination in Munich on Thursday and was given the green light to join the club by team doctors.

He joins fellow national team player Jan Schlaudraff (Alemannia Aachen), Turkish international Hamit Altintop (Schalke 04) and Jose Ernesto Sosa (Estudiantes de La Plata) as new Bayern signings.

The club is expected to sign another three players before the start of the season.

Bayern seem certain to signing Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni from Florence. Other possible new signings include midfielders Franck Ribery (Olympique Marseille), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto) or Ze Roberto who could return to Germany from his native Brazil.

The transfer of Germany striker Miroslav Klose from Werder Bremen remains a possibility, even though the player and his club Werder Bremen have said that he will remain in Bremen.

Bayern have announced that Owen Hargreaves, Mehmet Scholl, Hasan Salihamidzic, Claudio Pizarro and Ali Karimi will be leaving the club. Others like Roque Santa Cruz, Daniel van Buyten, Christian Lell and even Roy Makaay could also be on their way out.