Hiroki Ito moves to Bayern: From “Mister Unknown” to the thirty million dollar player at VfB Stuttgart

FC Bayern Munich is going to get Hiroki Ito. For about 30 million euros, the record champions will sign the defender from VfB Stuttgart; it’s a nice deal for the Swabians, but a significant loss in terms of sports.

Hiroki Ito is joining FC Bayern Munich from VfB Stuttgart. On Thursday afternoon, the Swabians made the announcement on their website. “My recollections of my time at VfB are ones I will cherish forever. My first trip in Europe was Stuttgart, where I became a national player and acquired valuable experience,” Ito was cited as saying.

When Hiroki Ito signed a mini-loan fee of 100,000 euros in the summer of 2021 with the Japanese club Jubilo Uwata, scarcely anyone would have imagined that this move would be conceivable three years ago. Who is Hiroki? On the transfer market, the 22-year-old was regarded as “Mr. Unknown”. But he proved to be a trustworthy figure very quickly, and at the end of the 2022 season, VfB increased their partnership by signing Ito on a permanent basis for – according to transfermarkt.de – an equally cheap 400,000 euros.

Putting in a sign on Thursday with FC Bayern?

Consistent media sources state that FC Bayern Munich is wooing the formidable defender from the Neckar to the Isar by invoking the leave clause in Ito’s VfB contract, which is valid until 2027. The price: a base transfer fee of little less than 30 million euros, plus potential bonus payments. “We are sorry about Hiroki’s decision, as he has been a consistent member of our team in the past,” stated Fabian Wohlgemuth, the sports director of the VfB.

Significant rise in Ito’s worth

All in all, that is more than 50 times Stuttgart’s initial €500,000 investment. In terms of money, Stuttgart is getting a fantastic bargain; they may utilize it to get the money needed to replace Brighton’s Deniz Undav, a striker, for example. Moving from Munich to the industry behemoth would undoubtedly not be a financial loss for Hiroki Ito.

Additionally, FC Bayern would receive a gifted, athletic, well-trained defender with international experience. Someone who is versatile enough to play both center back and left back. For VfB in the Bundesliga, Hiroki Ito has appeared in 85 games at both positions.

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