With slightly over a week to the close of the transfer window, Premier Champions, Liverpool have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich in a deal which could cost the Reds up to £27 million ($35m).
Jurgen Klopp’s side will pay an initial £20m ($26m), with the Spain international midfielder having signed a four-year deal.
He becomes the Reds’ second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos, and brings to an end months of speculation about his future.
Thiago, who will wear the No.6 shirt at Anfield, had long been linked with a move to Merseyside, but Liverpool had remained tight-lipped on reports in Germany that the 29-year-old had chosen the Premier League champions as his next club.
The Spaniard spent 7 years at Bayern Munich were he won 17 trophies including last season’s champions league.
To mark his departure, the midfeilder sent a heartwarming message to the Bundesliga champions.
Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga, in a series of tweets showed appreciation to the man who has been a huge part of the club and the league at large since his arrival in 2013.
And of course, Bayern instructed Liverpool to take care of a player who despite moving from one red end of europe to anther, will always have a place in hearts of the Bavarians.
Thiago will not feature for Klopp’s side at Chelsea on Sunday, but could make his Reds debut in the Carabao Cup against League One outfit Lincoln next Wednesday.
The highly spirited Thiago is all but ready for the new challenge.