As is often the case following a big transfer, the details have since emerged behind Thiago Alcantara’s move from Barcelona to Bayern Munich on Sunday, in today’s edition of Bild.
The most eye catching part of the deal is that Thiago Alcantara contributed 2 million euros of his own money to ensure the move took place, according to the German newspaper.
This would appear to prove just how keen Thiago was both to leave Barcelona for regular playing time and join up with former coach Pep Guardiola.
Thiago has signed a four-year deal at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern Munich paying 20 million euros up front for the midfielder.
The total fee is expected to rise to 25 million euros but does depend on certain variables. Barcelona will play Bayern Munich in a friendly, with all the proceeds going to the Catalan giants.
And, included in the deal are certain performance based payments, so if Bayern win the Bundesliga or Champions League, Barcelona will also be owed further money.
Bild also speculate how Pep Guardiola will play with the 10 midfielders at his disposal.
In recent days, Pep said: “Thiago can play as a 6 or 8, the 10 or 11 and even as a 7. I need the qualities of Thiago, I think he will be good for us.”
It now seems almost certain that fellow Spaniard Javi Martinez will drop into the Bayern Munich defence.