Liverpool complete Thiago signing from Bayern

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Liverpool have completed the signing of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, the club have announced.

ESPN reported on Thursday that Liverpool had beaten rival interest from Manchester United to seal a deal worth an initial £20 million.

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Thiago’s contract with the Bundesliga champions was due to expire next summer and he had been linked with a move away from the club for several months.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had been determined to add the former Barcelona player to his squad earlier this summer, but financial restrictions at the club in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic had left the Anfield hierarchy reluctant to sanction an expensive move for a 29-year-old.

Klopp had been told that a first-team player would have to leave the Premier League champions in order to create space on the wage bill for Thiago.

However, sources told ESPN Klopp was given the green light to secure Thiago last week, without the need for the club to sell first.

Thiago has been an integral part of the Bayern Munich side that has dominated German football.

He joined Bayern in 2013 from Barcelona, where he won two La Liga titles, and has since won seven Bundesliga titles.

Last season he helped the team to a remarkable treble where they topped the Bundesliga and also won the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League.

Thiago, who has 39 Spain caps, will now contend for a spot in Liverpool’s midfield alongside Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.