Official: Liverpool complete signing of €50m-rated Spain international

Incoming Merseyside club addition Thiago Alcantara has confirmed he is leaving Allianz Arena and penned a classy farewell message to the Bavarians, explaining that he is seeking a new challenge.

Liverpool are ready to announce Spain international’s arrival today having finally agreed on a deal for the footballer, who will move to Merseyside club in a £20m deal that could rise to £25m depending on various bonuses.

Thiago won the UCL with Bavarians just last month and has loved his time in Bayern, but says the time is right to try something new. ‘Yes, I have made the most difficult decision of my sports career,’ Alcantara said in a video posted on social media on Friday.

‘I will close this chapter in this wonderful club where I have grown as a player for seven years. Triumphs, joy and also hard times. But what I am most proud of is that I arrived in Munich as a young man full of dreams and now I will leave completely fulfilled with a club, a history and a culture.’

‘Here I learned to love a tradition that I am now saying goodbye to, but which I will never forget: “Mia San Mia”. I have experienced fantastic moments in this city, in Sabener Strasse and in our beloved Allianz Arena.’

The 29-year-old player’s move to the Merseyside club is expected to be announced later on Friday, with the Spanish midfielder handed a four-year deal and the number six shirt.