Thiago Alcantara signing confirmed by Bayern Munich

Both Manchester United and Real Madrid have been linked to Alcantara, who has a market value of around 20 million euros (US$26m) and captained Spain Under-21 to the European title and was voted player of the tournament.

updated: July 15, 2013 00:12 IST
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Berlin: Bayern Munich have signed Spain Under-21 captain Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona on a four-year contract in a deal worth 25 million euros ($32.6 million), the European champions confirmed Sunday.

New Bayern coach Pep Guardiola had said last Wednesday that "it was Thiago or nobody" on his wish list of new players at the Champions League winners and the midfielder, who had also been linked with a move to Manchester United, will fly to Munich for his medical in the coming days.

Bayern will pay 20 million euros for the 22-year-old with the extra five million coming from a future friendly match between the two clubs.

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