Mainz have completed the signing of 22-year-old Pierre Kunde Malong from Atlético Madrid on a four-year contract.
Putting to use the money received from Abdou Diallo’s transfer to Borussia Dortmund, Kunde joins the Bundesliga club for €7.5 million, which doesn’t include a buy-back clause for Atlético.
Sporting director Rouven Schröder said: “We have found our perfect solution in midfield with the signing of Kunde Malong Pierre. He has exactly what we need down to a tee from a no.8. He is dynamic, solid and has the capacity to be a threatening box-to-box player. Pierre embodies our footballing philosophy: he defends from the front, presses hard and shows passion for the game. We have been monitoring him for a long time and are convinced that he is the man to strengthen our midfield. Pierre is at the perfect age to take his next step – we are delighted that he has chosen to come to Mainz after spending time at a big club like Atlético Madrid.”