Both Liverpool and Bayern Munich are ‘equally keen’ on a deal for Thiago, according to reports. There is the question of the fee, however.
The Mirror claims that both Liverpool and Bayern are ‘equally keen’ for Thiago to move to Anfield. Both want a transfer to happen over the next few months, they say.
The Spaniard has one year left on his contract but no intention to renew. That leaves Bayern wanting to cash-in on Thiago and Liverpool are, supposedly, happy to give them that cash.
The real issue, then, is how much cash that should be. Bayern want around £30m for Thiago but Liverpool want to do a deal at £18m. Selling Dejan Lovren for around £10m will help cover the majority, they say.
What RTK has to say
It’s easy to see why each party would want this one to happen. From Bayern’s point of view, they think they can get £30m for a player with one year left on his contract. A player who is 29 and has a difficult injury record.
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Liverpool, though, see a chance to bring in an experienced and highly talented midfielder for £18m. A player who is different to all the other midfielders at the club and could genuinely improve a title-winning squad.
So assuming the report and these figures are accurate, it’ll come down to who still sees value when their figure changes. Will Bayern want to cash in on Thiago for £18m? Maybe not. Will Liverpool still see the value in Thiago if he costs £30m? In this economic climate, maybe not.
Will they both settle for around £24m? We just don’t know right now. It makes sense to but it depends on the financial status of each club. Really, it’ll come down to whoever blinks first – do Bayern really need the cash or can Liverpool afford to part with it?
Hopefully, that’s Bayern as Thiago is a player we’d really like to see at Liverpool.