BORUSSIA DORTMUND have announced they have a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule.
The German international's deal with Bayern is set to expire in the summer of 2022 and he was able to negotiate terms with other teams from January 1.
And Dortmund have fought off a number of top clubs to secure Sule's signature ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Premier League duo Chelsea and Newcastle were rumoured to be interested in the player.
The defender instead has signed a four-year deal with Bayern's rivals keeping him at the club until 2026.
On the signing, BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said: "We are pleased that we were able to sign a German national player in Niklas Sule and retain him for four years."
Sebastian Kehl, who will succeed director Zorc in the summer, is equally excited about the Champions League winner joining the club.
Kehl added: "Niklas has shown us in personal discussions that he is very interested in Borussia Dortmund.
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"He has a lot of experience, calmness in the build-up game and the necessary physique to take the next step with us from the summer.”
The 37-cap Sule brings a wealth of experience to Dortmund's backline.
Sule has made 213 Bundesliga appearances and has 13 major honours to his name.
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