Liverpool have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich to sign midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara.
Liverpool agreed to pay £20m across the midfielder’s four-year contract, with a potential £5m in add-ons, and the midfielder will wear the No 6 jersey.
It had initially looked like Thiago could only be signed when Georginio Wijnaldum’s future at the club is resolved. Wijnaldum is in the final year of his contract at Anfield and there have been no talks so far between Liverpool and the player.
Thiago was instrumental in Bayern’s treble win last season, as they defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final last month in Lisbon.
Bayern boss Hansi Flick praised Thiago on Thursday and revealed the Spaniard had said his goodbyes to players and staff at the club.
“Thiago is an exceptional player who spent seven hugely successful years here,” Flick said. “He’s a wonderful person and an outstanding professional. It was very emotional today when he said goodbye to us all.”
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed in July that Thiago had informed the club he desires a new challenge.
The chairman also admitted that there was no progress made in talks over a new deal between the player and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and that the club are willing to accept a “reasonable price” for him.
Thiago joined Bayern in 2013 and went on to win seven Bundesliga titles and four DFB-Pokal cups.