Timo Werner has joined Chelsea despite the fact that Kopites the world over were convinced we’d be seeing him banging them in at Anfield next season. With the Reds’ number one, sure fire signing having moved elsewhere we now have to turn to the next dead cert: Thiago Alcantara. Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthäus has said he is “pretty sure” Thiago is set to leave this summer.
Thiago was first linked with Liverpool last week. Sport in Spain claimed that the Reds have agreed personal terms with the Spanish midfielder and are now working to agree a €35m deal with Bayern Munich.
The midfield maestro would undoubtedly be a dream signing but whether or not his addition makes sense financially is up for debate. FSG have only splashed out on one signing over the age of 25 since they took over at the club: Virgil van Dijk.
Despite the doubts surrounding the move, Kopites can take heart from comments made by Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthäus, the World Cup winner told Sport Buzzer in Germany:
“With Thiago, I’m pretty sure the signs are goodbye, what other reason would he have for not yet accepting Bayern’s offer?
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“Liverpool are obviously very fond of him and he would absolutely fit into Jurgen Klopp’s team.”
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I don’t think there is any doubt that the Spaniard wants to leave the German giants (unless they offer him silly money). He has won seven consecutive league titles in Germany, he is looking for a new challenge.
However, the finances involved with him joining Liverpool are just such a huge departure from the FSG model. The playmaker would command a huge wage which would likely see other top earners at the club seeking to have their pay packet brought in line with the new arrival. He would also cost around €35m which is a huge sum for a player on the precipice of his 30s.
The most likely outcome here is Thiago using Liverpool to secure massively improved terms with Bayern or moving to the Italian Serie A or a Premier League team with more money than sense.
It would be a delight to see Thiago in a Liverpool shirt but his signing wouldn’t be worth the fuss nor the money.