Bayern secures transfer of Thiago from Barcelona

Bayern Munich secured the transfer of midfielder Thiago

Alcantara from Barcelona on Sunday, reuniting him with coach Pep

Guardiola.

Barcelona said Bayern had agreed to pay 25 million euros ($32.75

million) for 22-year-old Thiago, a son of Mazinho, a member of

Brazil’s 1994 World Cup champions. The deal also included an

agreement to play an exhibition between the clubs at some point in

the next four years.

Bayern said that Thiago will sign a four-year contract and the

cost to the German club will be 20 million euros ($26.2 million)

after proceeds from the exhibition and an agreement by Thiago to

forego some payments.

Thiago helped Spain’s under-21 team win the European

championship last month, scoring a hat trick in the final against

Italy.

Born in Italy to Brazilian parents, Thiago came up through

Barcelona’s training academy and debuted for its first team in

2008. Thiago’s 20-year-old brother Rafina was with Barcelona B in

the second division last season.