Liverpool and Thiago Alcantara appears to be the summer romance that just won’t go away this transfer window.
According to reports from The Mail, Bayern Munich have set their asking price for the Spanish international at £27 million.
Indeed, this is a huge sum of money for any player and is far above Liverpool’s evaluation of the player which is reportedly at around £18 million.
However, due to extenuating circumstance with a number of unresolved contractual situations, it still could be a move worth pursuing.
Here are three reasons why Bayern’s asking price can still serve as great value for money…
A serial winner
Jurgen Klopp has successfully integrated a winning mentality into a Liverpool team that in the past year has been crowned champions of England, Europe and the world.
Following Liverpool renowned status as serial winners in their own right, it is only fitting that the club should be linked with the calibre of player that fits with the club’s ruthless mentality towards winning.
Thiago would certainly fit the bill. The former Barcelona maestro has seven Bundesliga and two La Liga titles to his expansive CV as well as a Champions League and Club World Cup triumph in 2011.
Liverpool require additions that understand what it means to win. If Thiago were to join the club will have gained another continental conquerer who will immediately understand what is expected of him.
Liverpool have proven that even for players who are supposedly entering the declining years of their career their is still value to be had.
Thiago is 29 and still could have four to five years at the very top. It’s also worth noting that James Milner joined at the same age and has gone onto feature for Liverpool more times than any of his previous clubs.
In football, age isn’t everything and on a few occasions, experience has successfully taken precedence over promised talent.
Thiago not only has experience but he has continuously proved himself in two of Europe’s most dominant forces over the past 15 years.
He has 331 appearances for both Barcelona and Bayern as well as 21 honours at club level.
Thiago has the knowledge and the reason to justify that he would be an instant hit at yet another of Europe’s superpower clubs.
Funds could become available
One of the great cliches in life is that typically you get what you pay for. For a midfielder approaching his thirties, this would suggest that his value has decreased over the years.
Even in the climate of today’s economic crisis, £27 million for a renowned and proven winner isn’t necessarily a risky example of business and Liverpool can use this to their advantage.
Already the club have managed to bank over £10 million for the sale of Dejan Lovren, who is currently 31.
If Liverpool are to successfully manoeuvre a few outgoings as shrewdly as they did for Lovren then the money for a player like Thiago could suddenly become available.
For now, it’s likely to be a waiting game. Whether Liverpool’s interest in the player is concrete remains to be seen.
It certainly going to be an interesting few weeks as developments continue to unfold on a daily basis.
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