Thiago Alcantara is officially a Liverpool player.
After months of rumours and concern from Reds fans over whether the club would cough up the cash to sign the Spaniard, the 29-year-old has completed his move to the Premier League.
Liverpool have stated they will pay an initial fee of £20m – which could rise to £25m – for Thiago, with the mercurial midfielder penning a four-year deal at Anfield.
The fee in question is an absolute bargain, but Bayern didn’t have much of a choice as the former Barcelona man had just one year remaining on his contract.
Nevertheless, Liverpool have signed one of the world’s best at an absolute steal and to put that £25m into perspective, we’ve decided to revisit some disastrous expensive Premier League signings.
The 25 players below all cost more – way more in some cases – than Thiago and not a single one has been worth the money.
All transfer fees sourced from Transfermarkt.
Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea | £72m
Angel Di Maria to Man Utd | £67.50m
Alvaro Morata to Chelsea | £59.4m
Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham | £54m
Fernando Torres to Chelsea | £52.65m
Sebastien Haller to West Ham | £45m
Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton | £44.46m
Christian Benteke to Liverpool | £41.85m
Eliaquim Mangala to Man City | £40.50m
Joelinton to Newcastle | £39.60m
Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea | £39.49m
Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal | £36.90m
Andy Carroll to Liverpool | £36.90m
Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea | £36m
Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea | £35.10m
Felipe Anderson to West Ham | £34.20m
Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea | £34.11m
Morgan Schneiderlin to Man Utd | £31.50m
Wilfried Bony to Man City | £29.07m
Anderson to Man Utd | £28.35m
Christian Benteke (AGAIN!!) to Crystal Palace | £28.08m
Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea | £27.90m
Alex Iwobi to Everton | £27.36m
Jean-Michel Seri to Fulham | £27m
Yannick Bolaise to Everton | £26.01m
We’ve probably missed a few, but it’s still an eyeopening collection of transfers that put into perspective just how good Liverpool’s signing of Thiago is.
A few skeptics will bring up the fact that the Spaniard is now 29 and has been prone to serious injury throughout his career.
But he has proven his fitness in recent months, playing a starring role for Bayern Munich in the final games of their Champions League campaign last month.
The versatile midfielder is playing the best football of his life and if he can stay fit for the majority of the 2020/21 season, Liverpool have signed a player worth £70m+ for a fraction of the price.
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