Following on from recent reports, Liverpool’s suspected interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is finally beginning to look concrete.
Here is a look at three reasons why a transfer appears to be getting closer to completion…
According to Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool are ‘very likely’ to add the former Barcelona starlet to their ranks next season.
It is claimed that Liverpool will have to pay £27 million for the £206k-a-week midfielder who has made it known to current club Bayern that he has no interest of remaining at the Allianz Arena next season.
Although there is no concrete evidence of a firm agreement between both teams, the latest reports indicate that Jurgen Klopp has the Spain international as a top transfer priority.
Wijnaldum uncertain future
Midfield initially seemed an area that Liverpool looked finally tuned in with a number of experienced and talented options at Klopp’s disposal.
However, the growing uncertainty regarding Georginio Wijnaldum’s Liverpool future suggests that links with viable alternate options to the Netherlands international should only be expected.
Wijnaldum still hasn’t signed that new contract. The Guardian reported at the start of June that a deal may be close but here we are in August and still no agreement.
Liverpool’s transfer dealings in the past suggest that Thiago’s ‘likely’ arrival could hinder on whether funds suddenly become available.
The Express recently reported that Xherdan Shaqiri could be a player Klopp and Liverpool could be open to listen to offers for.
Meanwhile, The Mirror have suggested that Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic could also be sold as Liverpool look to redevelop their Premier League-winning squad for their title defence next season.
If these reports are deemed to be accurate then suddenly £27 million for a player who has won 21 honours at club level suddenly seems like great value for money.
Offers something different
As well as being a threat on the ball, Thiago is also a perfect match for Jurgen Klopp out of possession.
During his time at Bayern, Thiago demonstrated that he can be a key progressor of the ball from deeper areas as well as a creative passer in the final third.
This is something that Klopp and his Liverpool team would certainly look to add to their squad with the ability to break through teams that are content to sit in a deeper defensive block an integral form of their play.
There are few players in world football who are as intelligent in their build-up play as Thiago.
His ability to scan for options or check his shoulder before the ball even arrives is up there with the quickest in Europe and enables him to create a picture of the opposition and his teammates when he takes possession of the ball.
What initially appeared like an interest in a player that wasn’t perfectly suited to Liverpool’s style of play has suddenly become the priority signing of the club’s summer transfer plans.
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