Done and dusted. Guardiola's request has been granted by Bayern, the German club setting the wheels in motion to sign Thiago Alcántara.
According to the RAC1 station, the German club's representative, Karl Heinz Rummenigge, has already approached Barcelona and announced Bayern's willingness to pay the release clause in full.
Spanish radio station Cadena COPE had previously stated that Thiago Alcantara will sign for Bayern Munich. The deal could be announced this Thursday.
Pep Guardiola had repeatedly insisted he wouldn't make a move for the player. "People have to know that Barca players are not leaving for money or desire. There are two possibilities: they dump you or you feel like you should be playing and Barcelona do not", remarked Guardiola a few days ago.
Thiago will be accomodated by moving Javi Martinez to centre-back. In addition, Barcelona midfielder is still competing with Mario Götze and Toni Kroos, two outstanding players.