From: FC Barcelona
To: Bayern Munich
For: £21.6 million
Did Bayern Munich need Thiago Alcantara? Not in the slightest.
So why on earth would Pep Guardiola fork out so much money for the Barcelona youngster? Was it just to prove that he has mass pulling appeal? Was it in order to strengthen Bayern Munich's incredible midfield for the year ahead? Was it just because he knows firsthand how good Thiago could be?
Whatever reason it was, Guardiola's move is one that has huge ramifications—some which might not have instantly been connected with the player or club in some sense.
Barcelona are now without arguably their best young talent and are more likely to keep the likes of Gerard Deulofeu once he finishes his lone spell. Without Thiago, they're now more unlikely to sell Cesc Fabregas as well, who has drawn the interest of Manchester United according to BBC Sport. United—as well—are only tracking Fabregas because they missed out on Thiago in the first place.
As for Bayern, don't be surprised to see the arrival of Thiago potentially see an exit or two in return. Everyone wants to play for a champion, but there comes a time when playing time matters more, and for many Bayern players, that simply isn't going to be the case this year.
Could further world-class players be up on offer next year or the year after, all because they're not getting enough playing time at Bayern? It's a real possibility, that's for sure.
Long term, Thiago's transfer could have some huge ramifications.