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What is really going on with Liverpool and Thiago?

Liverpool never do transfers the easy way, and as the Reds continue to spark rumours regarding one of Europe’s biggest names, why stop now?

Various reports were released on Friday morning with an update on the future of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

It focussed on comments made by head coach Hansi Flick who hinted that the Spanish international could indeed be Premier League-bound this summer.

According to The Mirror, Thiago is currently valued at around £27 million with Liverpool currently the preferred destination for the player who very much wants to work with Jurgen Klopp next season.

While these reports still indicate nothing is concrete it is encouraging to see that both manager and player aren’t shying away from the fact Liverpool is the chosen location regarding Thiago’s imminent footballing future.

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It certainly is an exciting prospect and one that would give German football expert Ralph Honigstein confidence that it would represent a signing that could take the Premier League champions to the next level.

According to Honigstein, Bayern are already bracing themselves for Liverpool to make a move for the 29-year-old in the coming weeks.

 

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “There’s been no firm offer yet from anyone, but Bayern are bracing themselves for Liverpool because that’s the rumour in the dressing room.

“But we haven’t seen any offer yet and Liverpool have distanced themselves from making a move for Thiago. That could just be part of their strategy, but Bayern are more or less resigned to him leaving.

“I think that would be a big blow for them as he’s more or less been running games for them and is an absolute key player in my mind. It’ll be very difficult for Bayern to find a player who is like Thiago, who’s so unique in his technical ability. It’s a blow for Bayern and something that they didn’t expect.”

MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY 23: Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich passes the ball during a training session at Saebener Strasse training ground on July 23, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images)

It’s important to remember that we have been here before. Remember the ups and downs of the Virgil van Dijk saga which almost feel beneath Liverpool’s grasp.

The embarrassments of the public apology combined with Liverpool effectively having to wait six months to get their man showcases that the club have become patient in their approach and potentially don’t want to get the ball rolling too quickly.

Warning signs were there with the Van Dijk deal and Liverpool seem to have learnt their lesson and are keeping their hands close to the chest on this particular occasion.

So what’s going on?

This is all about Liverpool appearing to remain ‘in control’ of the situation and not be held jumping the gun until they deem the move as pursuable.

There are a number of factors to consider such as age, the player’s wages and the ongoing contract situation of Geroginio Wijnaldum.

Initially, it seemed like a move that didn’t pose too much priority as already Liverpool’s midfield options are finely stocked.

However, considering Liverpool’s new lucrative sponsorship with Nike, Thiago could be the perfect marque signing from a commercial aspect to showcase why the Reds are once again one of the continent’s great footballing superpowers.

Also, at £27 million, it doesn’t seem like a signing that would necessarily break the bank for Liverpool while adding a world-class talent reduces the risk of complacency next season.

We remain confident that this is a deal that could materialise into something. Don’t read too much into the negativity, it’s just part of the process.

MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 07: Thiago of FC Bayern Muenchen juggles with the ball during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Chelsea FC at Saebener Strasse training ground on August 07, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by FC Bayern – Handout/Getty Images)

 

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