According to reports, Liverpool have finally made contact with Bayern Munich regarding the potential transfer of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 08: Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC at Allianz Arena on August 08, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern)

Thiago, 29, has been a hot topic of debate among supporters in recent weeks after the Spanish international publically declared his intent to leave the Allianz Area this summer as well as his desire to work with Jurgen Klopp.

The complications regarding the validity of a potential move came from the ambiguity of whether Liverpool’s interest is actually concrete.

Liverpool are already well-stocked in midfield and given Thiago’s age and status as one of the best midfielders in Europe, it isn’t typically a transfer the Reds usually get involved in.

However, according to respected journalist and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool have finally begun contact with Bayern and negotiations are in the early stages.

Biggest development yet

Indeed, this is exciting news as it could represent Liverpool’s biggest transfer in terms of status and profile since Alisson Becker joined from AS Roma in 2018.

Thiago has just one year on his current contract in Germany and according to Romano, this is where the difficulties lie as Liverpool are not prepared to pay anywhere close to the €30m asking price Bayern are currently holding out for.

Plausibility and cost have been the determining factors behind any potential Liverpool transfer for some time now.

With this in mind, Thiago’s age and Liverpool’s already limited space in midfield will ensure the Reds will only pursue a deal if the price is dropped dramatically.

 

It’s an area in the team that perhaps requires the least cover and because of this Liverpool will feel they hold all the cards at the negotiations table.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

MUNICH, GERMANY – MARCH 13: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool is fouled by Thiago Alcantara of FC Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Liverpool at Allianz Arena on March 13, 2019 in Munich, Bavaria. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Liverpool icon Steve Nicol has also given his take on a potential deal taking place after the news broke that the Reds had made initial contact with Bayern.

Nicol claimed that if Thiago were indeed to join, the Spaniard would only be signed as a back-up to the current midfield options Klopp has at his disposal.

Speaking with ESPN FC, Nicol added that Thiago doesn’t necessarily offer the same unique qualities in midfield that have proven so beneficial in Liverpool’s recent Premier League and Champions League successes and he could struggle to match the standards of Klopp’s most trusted trident Jordan Henderson, Giorginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho.

“I would sign him, don’t get me wrong,” he said.

“I think he’s a great footballer and he can pass the ball.

“Unfortunately, he just doesn’t fit the mould of what Liverpool do in the middle of the park right now.

“Yes, he’s got ability, but he also has to have dynamism, he has to have legs, he has to close down quickly, he’s got to have energy.

“Those are things that all those players in the middle of the park for Liverpool have.

“That isn’t Alcantara. But at the same time, having a player like that to bring on, he can play in the FA Cup, the League Cup, you can bring him on and give him half an hour to pass the ball around if that’s what you need.

“I would sign him, I think he’s a quality player.

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