Bayern Munich sign Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara

Bayern Munich officially announced the transfer of Barcelona’s talented 22-year old midfielder Thiago Alcantara in a deal worth roughly 25m Euros. Bayern will play 20m Euros directly to Barcelona with the remainder financed by an agreed upon friendly between the clubs and the player himself waiving part of his salary according to the club.

Thiago will travel to Munich in the coming days for his medical to sign a four-year deal that will keep him a Bayern player until 2017.

Earlier last week Bayern coach Pep Guardiola expressed his desire to bring over Thiago and the club made it clear to Barcelona they were willing to match the player’s initially announced 18m Euro buyout clause.  After days of negotiations the two clubs finally agreed on a deal.  Added to the fee are the proceeds from the agreed upon match between the two clubs and the player’s waived salary.

Thiago has long been touted as one of football’s brightest young talents and is coming fresh off Spain’s win at the U-21 European Championships which Thiago captained and scored a hatrick in the final.  A Barcelona youth product, Thiago has spent his career with the Catalan side but was eager for new opportunities and and a reunion with his former coach was one Guardiola was happy to oblige.

The 22-year old will have no shortage of competition with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze and Toni Kroos and the added pressure of again competing for every competition but it was a move both parties made confidently, as extolled by Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge:

Thiago Alcantara was Pep Guardiola’s great wish.  We are very happy that we were able to pull off a great transfer like this.  Thiago was just voted the best player at the U-21 European Championship.  He is a fantastic player with great potential and ability who will only serve to strengthen FC Bayern.

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Cristian Nyari

Cristian is a football writer and analyst living in New York City, fascinated with the history and study of the beautiful game and all it entails. Follow Cristian on twitter @Cnyari

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