Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told German publication Bild that a deal has been agreed with Liverpool regarding the sale of Thiago Alcantara.
The Athletic’s James Pearce broke the news earlier this morning that Liverpool have secured a €30 million deal to sign the Spanish international on a four-year contract.
According to Paul Joyce of The Times, Thiago will wear the No.6 shirt that was recently vacated by Dejan Lovren following the Croatian’s departure to Zenit St Petersburg.
Liverpool had initially refused to meet Bayern’s asking price but it’s understood that both parties overcame that hurdle by agreeing for the deal to be paid in increments over a four-year period.
Talks between both Liverpool and the current Champions League holders have accelerated since Monday after Bayern officials made it clear they wanted a deal done before the Bundesliga start date this Friday.
“I can confirm that FC Bayern have finally reached an agreement with Liverpool,” Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Bild on Thursday.
“It was Thiago’s great wish to do something new at the end of his career.”
Bayern manager Hansi also told the club’s official Twitter page that it was an emotional day for the German champions when Thiago said his goodbyes to teammates and he also congratulated Liverpool who have gained an ‘exceptional player’.
He said: “Thiago is an extraordinary player and was very important for us. My coaching team and I enjoyed working with him. It was very emotional as we said goodbye. I can only congratulate Liverpool as they got a great player and especially a great person.”
Hansi #Flick on @Thiago6: "Thiago is an exceptional player who spent seven hugely successful years here. He's a wonderful person and an outstanding professional. It was very emotional today when he said goodbye to us all." #FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/QBU0O0UPmf
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 17, 2020
💬 QUOTE | Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick says his goodbye’s to Thiago and claims that Liverpool have made a great acquisition.
'He made us unpredictable' ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/DcRaMYMvLE
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) September 17, 2020
Thiago will arrive on Merseyside as a proven serial winner off the back of his recent Champions League triumph with Bayern.
In total, he has won 23 honours at club level including seven Bundesliga titles and two European Cup successes.
He can immediately improve Liverpool’s starting XI – a scenario that seemed impossible at the beginning of the window.
The fact Klopp has brought in a player who has enjoyed more club success than any other Liverpool player is the perfect statement from the manager to increase competition for places amongst the squad reducing any potential risk of complacency kicking in following such unrivalled success last season.
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