Thiago: Liverpool agree £25m fee to sign Bayern Munich midfielder

Thiago Alcantara will sign a four-year deal with Liverpool after the club agreed a £25 million fee with Bayern Munich.

The clubs have been in discussions since the start of the week, but the midfielder’s desire to work under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield has long been known.

The Independent understands that a guaranteed £20m will be paid over the course of the contract, while an additional £5m can be earned via performance-based bonuses, such as winning the Premier League or Champions League.

He will wear the No 6 shirt at Anfield.

Thiago was in the final year of his deal with Bayern and declined a lucrative extension in search of a new challenge.

Liverpool were patient in their pursuit of the player. Klopp wanted to shed numbers in midfield before making a concrete move for Thiago, but decided the recruitment process couldn’t be placed on hold any longer given his world-class status.

Liverpool will look to trim the squad before the close of the window, but Gini Wijnaldum – wanted by Ronald Koeman at Barcelona – is expected to remain on Merseyside and see out his deal as things stand.

Thiago will provide Liverpool with greater dimension to their play, offering the opportunity to build centrally instead of primarily from the full-backs.

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