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Lance Knight2010-05-09 22:23:00 +0000 #1
Deisler, Lucio, dos Santos sign deals with Bayern

Associated Press

Posted: 53 minutes ago

MUNICH, Germany (AP) - Bayern Munich on Wednesday signed Paraguay midfielder Julio dos Santos and extended the contracts of Germany midfielder Sebastian Deisler and Brazil defender Lucio.

Dos Santos signed a 3 1/2-year contract and will join Bayern in January, the German champion said.

Bayern said it will pay Paraguay champion Cerro Porteno ?2 million (US$2.4 million) for dos Santos.

Dos Santos is seen as a possible replacement for Germany captain Michael Ballack, who still has not decided whether he will leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Earlier, Bayern said that Deisler had extended his contract until the end of the 2008-09 season.

"We've reached an agreement with Deisler," general manager Uli Hoeness said.

No financial details were given, but Deisler's agent said his client had received a "fair offer."

Deisler saw a "bright sporting future" at Bayern, lawyer Simon Bergmann said.

Deisler has overcome five knee surgeries and mental problems to reclaim his place in the German national team and has had a good season with Bayern.

Lucio extended his contract by three years to the end of the 2009-10 season.

Bayern said France defender Willy Sagnol is expected to decide before the end of the year whether to extend his contract or leave at the end of the season.



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