Created on 22-06-2009 at 00:00 AM
Bayern have agreed a fee with Netherlands top flight outfit SC Heerenveen for Croatia international Danijel Pranjic. The left-sided player will now ink a three-year deal keeping him in Munich until 30 June 2012. “Pranjic is a very versatile player, and was one of the names at the top of our new coach Louis van Gaal’s wish list,” commented FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Bayern agreed personal terms with Pranjic and his advisors some three weeks ago. The German and Dutch club’s directors met on Monday to settle the remaining details. The player switches to Munich for an undisclosed fee.
Sixteen goals last term
Pranjic joined Heerenveen from Dinamo Zagreb in summer 2005. Last season, when he mainly appeared on the left side of midfield, he scored 16 goals in 30 appearances, and also provided seven assists. He also won the Dutch cup with the side who finished fifth in the Eredivisie last term.
The 27-year-old made his Croatia debut in 2004 and has earned 22 caps to date. His greatest success in national colours so far was reaching the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. At the same tournament, he laid on the opening goal in the Croats’ 2-1 group stage victory over Germany.
Six new faces
Pranjic is the sixth confirmed new face at Bayern for the forthcoming campaign. The Bundesliga runners-up have also signed Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Alexander Baumjohann, Ivica Olic, Mario Gomez and Edson Braafheid. In addition, defender Andreas Görlitz returns to Munich after a two-year loan spell with Karlsruhe. Zé Roberto, Lukas Podolski and Massimo Oddo are leaving Bavaria.