FC Barcelona has officially announced Thiago Alcântara’s sale to Bayern Munich today. The fee will be €25 million, a surprising amount more than the want-away midfielder’s €18m buyout clause – the deal also includes a friendly between the two clubs to be played in the next four years.
Thiago will be reunited with Pep Guardiola at Bayern, who was influential in the transfer, even going so far as to declare publicly last week that he wanted Thiago at Bayern and his admiration for him as a player. With his former coach offering more public support and encouragement than his current one, it is unsurprising that Thiago eventually chose Bayern. It has been a painful and drawn-out transfer saga, but totalBarça wishes Thiago all the best at his new club.