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How Bayern Munich chiefs made the move that sealed Thiago's transfer to Liverpool


Thiago Alcantara is closing in on a move to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Thiago Alcantara is closing in on a move to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Thiago Alcantara is closing in on a move to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Bayern Munich chiefs brought an end to weeks of speculation by urging Liverpool to conclude a deal to sign Thiago Alcantara last Monday.

The Spain midfielder is expected to be unveiled as a Liverpool player today, with his transfer to Anfield agreed after Bayern chiefs reached out to their Liverpool counterparts in a bid to break the deadlock over one of the most talked-about transfers of the summer.

Bayern have been convinced for weeks that Thiago and his advisers had agreed a deal to sign for Liverpool after he turned down a new contract with the German champions, but formal negotiations over the transfer were not progressing until the German champions made the move to speed up the deal.

Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness went public last Sunday to accuse Liverpool of using tactic akin to 'blackmail', suggesting that the Reds were hoping to get the 29-year-old Champions League winner for a reduced fee in the final week of the transfer window.

Yet Bayern have been adamant throughout the summer that they wanted €30m for the player who told them he would not sign an extension to his contract that is due to expire next summer.

With Bayern keen to get Thiago's future resolved before they started their Bundesliga campaign against Schalke on Friday night, senior officials at the Bavarian club urged Liverpool to conclude the transfer in conversations last Monday.

That led to a frantic period of activity that concluded with news that agreement had been reached for the transfer of Thiago, who is expected to fly to Liverpool on Friday to finalise the deal.

In the opinion of former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch, Liverpool needed to seal a deal for Thiago as he believes Klopp's squad needed to be strengthened despite their dominant Premier League win last season.

"I always think you have to strengthen no matter how good your team are and Thiago was a player who is too good to walk away from," Crouch said at a BT Sport event.

"When a top player comes in through the door, you feel training lift. It lifts the place, everyone wants to impress the new player and you don't want to be left on the bench.

"If Thiago comes in, Champions League winner, he can share his knowledge with the younger players, it lifts training and it lifts the fans.

"You look at all the great teams and the build from a position of strength. Liverpool are in that position now and that's why Thiago was a good deal for them."

Thiago has agreed a four-year contract at Liverpool and will become the club's joint-highest earner alongside Mohamed Salah.