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Liverpool do not have Plan B alternative to Thiago Alcantara

Liverpool do not have any transfer alternatives to Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara should a deal fail to materialise this summer according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

The Spanish international has been heavily linked with an Anfield switch in recent weeks and Thiago himself has made it clear that he is in search of a new challenge for next season after seven years at the Allianz Arena.

MUENCHEN, GERMANY – APRIL 30: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Thiago of Bayern Muenchen looks on during the FC Bayern Muenchen Training Session on April 30, 2020 in Muenchen, Germany. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

With just a year left on his contract, Bayern are reportedly keen to offload Thiago this summer while the player’s value is still significant enough to warrant a sizeable fee.

Thiago, 29, is undoubtedly a world-class talent and a classy operator whose ability on the ball is regarded among the best in Europe.

For that reason, Liverpool do not have a Plan B option and therefore will not look at any further midfield reinforcements if the former Barcelona starlet cannot be secured this summer.

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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)

Ornstein also adds that an agreement is unlikely as Bayern reportedly have set an asking price of around £45 million despite previously being touted at around £30m.

Liverpool walked away from Timo Werner due to similar financial complications and if the club deem little value in the deal then it would seem that Liverpool’s midfield will receive little to none modifications this summer.

“How might it affect a potential move for Thiago? We know they occupy a similar position, we know Jurgen Klopp admires Thiago and we know Thiago by the sounds of it would love to come to Liverpool,” Ornstein said on the Tifo Podcast’s Ask Ornstein show.

“The difficult part is finance. It’s my understanding that Bayern Munich would want around €50million for Thiago, even though he only has a year left on his contract and even though he wants to leave.

“They see the value that he presents to them as being worthwhile and they don’t need to sell him. They could let him go as a free agent next summer without a problem.

“Liverpool will go nowhere near that valuation and that’s a real problem. It means that this potential deal will probably rumble on right until the end of the window.

“We’ll hear lots in the media but there’s definitely no guarantee that it will even get close. I think it’s unlikely at this stage.

“I don’t think Liverpool will look for an alternative player – he’s a unique player that if you can get him, you take that opportunity. If you don’t, maybe it’s best to go with what you already have”.

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Draws similarities to Van Dijk saga

It seems that once again Liverpool could be locked into financial disagreements until the end of the window.

The transfer saga draws similar comparisons to that of when the Reds looked to sign Virgil van Dijk (£75 million) from Southampton in 2017.

The Saints complained to the PL and accused Liverpool of making an illegal approach. After a series of emergency meetings, Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon felt the club had no option but to back down and issue an embarrassing public apology.

Similarly to Thiago, Liverpool refused to be drawn into pursuing over targets and deemed Van Dijk as the only option the club would actively pursue.

Klopp, sporting director Michael Edwards and Gordon all made the decision to sit tight until the January window opened in the hope tensions would ease and a deal would be much more pursuable. The knowledge that Van Dijk’s desire to head for Anfield was unwavering also helped the situation.

Thiago himself is also reportedly desperate to join Liverpool and that in itself could still play a massive factor.

It’s no secret that the Reds are tough negotiators and even though interest in the player is far from concrete, Liverpool could be keeping their hands close to their chest in an attempt to lower the value for Thiago as the window drags on.

 

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