Bayer Leverkusen move for Julian Baumgartlinger
The midfielder had another three years left to run on his contract at the Coface Arena, but Leverkusen have activated his £3m release clause.
“Baumgartlinger fully meets our requirements,” sporting director Rudi Voller told the club’s official website.
“A character of a player with leadership qualities, ambitious, physically strong with strategic ability. He will improve the quality level of our squad and increase the competition for places.”
The 28-year-old added: “I had a great and successful time at Mainz. Now I want to take the next step.
“Bayer 04 Leverkusen are an established Champions League club and they’ve regularly been in the competition for years. I want to see how I compare at this level.”
Baumgartlinger is expected to feature for Austria at this summer’s European Championships in France.
Source: Sportsmole – Bundesliga