The signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich has been confirmed by Liverpool.
After left-back Kostas Tsimikas, Spain’s international Thiago, becomes the Reds’ second summer signing, and arrives ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with big-spending Chelsea.
He has put pen to paper on a long-term contract with Liverpool, and leaves Bayern after seven seasons, winning seven straight Bundesliga titles.
Liverpool paid only £ 20 million up front, with add-ons that could raise the fee by a further £ 5 million.
Upon signing, Thiago said: “When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can – and when you win, you want to win more. I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible.
“It also [has] this kind of family [feeling] that I need because we [like to] have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, with this club as well.
He added: “I must adapt to the team as fast as I can in the situation and the context that we are living right now.
“Everything is more compact and we started a little bit later, but still it is football and I think we have to mix all the big things up, all the good things we have. I will help the team in a defensive and offensive [way] and also in a mental aspect.
“[The fans] are not more excited than I am, for sure not! It is not about saying words, it is about doing the things. I will give my heart on the field to my teammates, the club and also to the fans.”
Most recently, Thiago played a key role as the Bavarians won the treble in 2019/20, including their final PSG loss in the Champions League last month.
A winner of 39 caps for Spain, the 29-year-old has long been tied to a move from the Premier League and this summer Manchester United battled to sign Thiago before Liverpool wrapped up their contract.
And it was finally discovered that United had decided to sign Thiago several years ago before the eleventh hour plug was pulled on the move.
Thiago joined Bayern from Barcelona in 2013, but as the first big signing of David Moyes’ reign as manager, he could have ended up at Old Trafford instead.
Sir Alex Ferguson had lined up Thiago as a ‘leaving present’ for his preferred successor, Moyes, according to The Athletic. But, Moyes called the signing off, the report says, as he didn’t feel he ‘knew enough about the player.’
Thiago ended up going to Bayern and collecting plenty of silverware, and now he’s off to Anfield to improve Liverpool, the powerful rivals of Man United.