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Thiago and Liverpool could hinge on Bayern winning the CL

It’s almost impossible to imagine supporting any other team in the Champions League that isn’t Liverpool yet there are a number of benefits that could come from taking an interest in Bayern Munich.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 14: Thomas Mueller of FC Bayern Munich and Thiago of FC Bayern Munich celebrate following their team’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 14, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Michael Regan – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The Bundesliga champions produced one of the all-time great performances of the competition since it’s origin following their stunning 8-2 victory against Barcelona on Friday night.

Bayern will play either Manchester City or Lyon in next week’s semi-finals in Lisbon, Portugal.

One area of growing interest among supporters and Bayern has been midfielder Thiago Alcantara who has persistently been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer.

According to respected journalist and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool have begun contact with Bayern and negotiations are in the inaugural stages.

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Romano also confirmed that Jurgen Klopp recently held talks with Thiago and that the Spaniard stressed his desire to link-up at Anfield next season.

 

‘Jurgen Klopp wants the player and Thiago wants to play for Liverpool,’ Romano told the Pod Save The Ball podcast. ‘Thiago and Klopp have been in talks for weeks, he wants to join Liverpool.’

The complications around a potential deal currently lie with price. Liverpool are not prepared to pay the £27 million asking price from Bayern on a player who is in the last year of his contract.

Liverpool have played the waiting game before and could be prepared to again as the club have demonstrated in the past they are not afraid to walk away from a deal if determining factors such as plausibility and cost are not met.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently confirmed the club would be willing to sell Thiago if a ‘fair transfer fee’ were agreed.

Barcelona’s Spanish defender Jordi Alba (R) challenges Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final football match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 14, 2020. (Photo by Rafael Marchante / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RAFAEL MARCHANTE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Sets up new challenge for Thiago

If Bayern were to win the Champion League it could change the dynamic for Liverpool regarding a deal as it could represent the perfect send-off to a seven-year spell at the Allianz Arena for the Spanish international.

The European Cup represents the only trophy Thiago is yet to win with Bayern and winning the tournament on August 23 would ensure he has won everything there is to win in Germany which perfectly sets up the idea of Thiago wanting a new challenge next season.

It could also even see Bayern potentially reduce the price as they may not want to stand in the way of the player’s wishes who has been fundamental for the Bavarian outfit this season.

Bayern Munich’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (C) scores his team’s eighth goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final football match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 14, 2020. (Photo by Manu Fernandez / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MANU FERNANDEZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Coutinho benefit

Another factor in Bayern’s Champions League campaign that draws particular areas of interest among Liverpool supporters are the implications that potentially come from Philippe Coutinho winning the Champions League.

Liverpool could be set for a substantial payout from Barcelona if the Brazilian were to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich according to the latest report from The Mirror.

The Reds could potentially cash-in €5m (£4.5m) if Coutinho were to win the world’s greatest club competition.

After the Catalonia giants purchased the former Liverpool star for a gargantuan transfer fee of £142m in 2018, the Reds orchestrated a number of add-on clauses that involve the club receiving a seven-figure sum.

The clauses that were inserted into Coutinho’s Barcelona contract upon his arrival at the Nou Camp included a number of player-specific add-ons rather than club-specific.

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