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
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
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.