Created on 11-06-2009 at 00:00 AM
Bayern have added another new face to their squad for next season. After the captures of Mario Gomez, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Ivica Olic and Alexander Baumjohann, the imminent arrival of Danijel Pranjic, and the return of Andreas Görlitz from a loan spell with Karlsruhe, FCB have agreed terms with Edson Braafheid and his club, Dutch top flight outfit Twente Enschede. The 26-year-old becomes the seventh close-season newcomer at Germany’s most successful club.
The left-sided defender had been closely linked with Amsterdam giants Ajax and perennial Eredivisie contenders PSV Eindhoven, but he formally declined their advances at the end of last week. Braafheid, who can operate at left-back or centre-half, was always near the top of new FCB boss Louis van Gaal’s wish-list for next season. He passed a medical in Munich on Thursday before signing a four-year contract binding him to his new club until 30 June 2013.
U-21 European champion
The signing of Braafheid and the near-complete deal for Pranjic offer Bayern more alternatives at full-back. Both players, fresh from successful campaigns for their clubs in the Dutch first division last term, are comfortable in the left-back berth. That in turn would allow Germany international Philipp Lahm to revert to the right side of the field. Bayern are short of options at right-back following the departures of Willy Sagnol and Massimo Oddo.
Braafheid left Utrecht in 2007 to join Twente, who finished runners-up to Van Gaal’s AZ Alkmaar side last term. He made a total of 76 appearances for the Enschede club, scoring once. He won the first of two Netherlands caps on 11 February this year in a 1-1 friendly draw with Tunisia. Braafheid was previously a member of the Dutch U-21 team which cruised to the 2006 European championship title.