Pep Guardiola confirmed the signing of Spanish wonder-kid Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona, the third signing of his reign in Munich.
The 22-year-old was named Player of the Tournament at the recent European U21 Championships, and topped off the competition with a hat-trick in the 4-2 mauling of Italy in June.
He joins Mario Gotze and Jan Kirchoff at the German side, as Guardiola looks to build a team capable of matching the treble-winning one of last season.
Manchester United had been linked with the midfielder, but were unable to meet the asking price of Barcelona, unlike Bayern, who will fork out €25 million for his services, and includes a friendly to be arranged between the two sides.
Alcantara played a bit-part role for the Catalan giants until the 2011/12 campaign, and managed 81 of his 101 appearances in the last two seasons at the club, scoring 11 goals.
Despite being a mainstay in Tito Villanova's team last season, he has opted to join Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, and the boss that brought him into the Barca first-team back in 2009.
An all-German Champions League final confirmed the rise in dominance of football in Germany, and with the European Champions adding Gotze and Thiago to the squad, there is no doubt that Munich will be an even stronger side come August.
They join Ribery, Robben, Martinez, Muller, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, and Gustavo, in what surely is the most feared midfield in football at present.
The news is a bitter blow for David Moyes and his United team though, as he has several players on the treatment table ahead of the new season, including Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, and Nani.
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