There’s nothing better than a good transfer saga. Those months of will they, won’t they? Those months of imagining just what that player would do for your squad, the heartbreak when your rivals swoop in with the megabucks offer. If the Reds are a part of a transfer saga it’s usually safe to assume there’s little truth to the rumours – Virgil van Dijk is an exception of course. David Ornstein has weighed in on this summer’s Anfield transfer saga, claiming that Bayern Munich’s Thiago valuation is much higher than we first thought.
Thiago valuation previously
Previously it had been reported by The Mail that the Reds would have to stump up £27m for the Spanish midfielder.
The Bayern playmaker is entering the final year of his contract, meaning that from January he can negotiate a free transfer away next summer.
This issue forces Munich’s hand, meaning they will have to decide whether to cash in on him now or lose him for nothing next summer – a situation which could lead to some brinkmanship between Liverpool and Bayern.
Ornstein’s Thiago valuation
Football expert David Ornstein recently commented on the Ask Ornstein podcast that previous valuations were well out, saying:
“It’s my understanding that Bayern Munich would want around €50 million for Thiago, even though he only has a year left on his deal, even though he wants to leave…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.”
What RTK has to say
The Reds are unlikely to fork out anything like €50m for a player approaching his 30s.
The club has in recent years steered well clear of paying for players in the latter stages of their careers, instead focusing on footballers who are likely to increase in value during their time at Anfield.
Thiago signing on a free wouldn’t be out of the question but at €50m a deal seems highly unlikely.
We would of course love to see him mesmerising the Anfield crowd with his passing but we may have to wait a year for that.