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Liverpool signs Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich

Last updated 1 month ago | By Associated Press

Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara celebrate scoring during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen football match between FC Bayern Munich and Arsenal in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2017. [AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN]

Thiago Alcantara is joining Liverpool after ending his seven-year stint at European champion Bayern Munich.

Liverpool will reportedly pay $26 million up front with a potential additional $6.5 million later.

“That was Thiago’s great wish,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said yesterday in a video interview with German newspaper Bild. “It was his great wish, quite simply, to do something new before the end of his career.”

The Spain midfielder won seven consecutive Bundesliga titles with Bayern and the Champions League last month.

His contract with the Munich club was due to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Manchester's Belgian midfielder Andreas Pereira (L) vies with Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (R) during a friendly football match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester United in Munich, southern Germany, on August 5, 2018. [AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE]

The 29-year-old Thiago Alcantara is Liverpool’s second signing of the transfer window.

The club also brought in defender Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos last month.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said last week that Thiago Alcantara was a “really good player” when commenting on Liverpool’s reported interest in signing him.

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