According to reports, Manchester City have joined the race to sign Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.
The 29-year-old has made public of his desire to leave the Allianz Arena following seven-consecutive years of Bundesliga triumphs and the Spaniard wants a new challenge.
Various publications have indicated that the former Barcelona starlet’s preferred destination is Liverpool, yet the Reds’ intentions on a possible move are unknown and the team who oppose the greatest threat to their upcoming title defence suddenly look set to hijack any potential Liverpool deal.
The latest report from Sport Bild indicates that City’s potential interest in a player Pep Guardiola coached during his time with Bayern and Barcelona could oppose a real threat in Liverpool’s pursuit for the Champions League-winning midfielder.
It is also indicated that Thiago has been identified as the natural successor to David Silva who will end a 10-year spell at the Etihad Stadium this summer.
According David Ornstein of The Athletic Liverpool do not have any transfer alternatives to Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara should a deal fail to materialise this summer.
Thiago is unquestionably 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.
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.
“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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