Liverpool have been pretty quiet during this transfer window. Whilst Chelsea have been splashing out on Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and look set to add Kai Havertz, Manchester United have been negotiating for Jadon Sancho and Manchester City have added Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake, Liverpool have brought in a relatively unheard of Greek backup left back. The Reds aren’t expected to do much more business, money is tight after all. However, one rumour still persists. Kopites should know in the next week whether or not Liverpool will pursue Thiago Alcantara.
Liverpool chasing Thiago?
For weeks and months there has been one name dominating the Liverpool rumour mill: Thiago.
The Spanish playmaker is entering the final year of his contract at Bayern Munich and this has led to rumours that the Germans will look to cash in as he apparently has no interest in signing a new deal.
The Reds have been linked for eternity, last week RMC reported that Liverpool had agreed personal terms with Thiago and the Spaniard has found a house to move into.
What’s the hold up?
The Reds have been denying any interest in Thiago. The Liverpool ECHO has repeatedly reported that the club have told them they have no intention of signing the Bayern man.
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David Ornstein has claimed that Liverpool won’t go near Bayern’s valuation of Thiago – he believes they want around £45m for the midfielder.
However, if the Reds are indeed interested then the fee is probably not the main reason we’ve seen no movement. Instead, it is is the Champions League.
10 days time
On Sunday Bayern Munich will take on PSG in the Champions League final, concluding the specially adapted latter stages of the competition.
If Liverpool are indeed interested in Thiago then it is more than likely that they will have been waiting for the conclusion of the Champions League to make their move.
Bayern will not have been in any mood to sell their prized playmaker whilst they are competing in the final rounds of club football’s premier competition.
Journalist Raphael Honigstein recently confirmed this theory, telling BT Sport:
“It’s not done – negotiations can only start after the Champions League – Liverpool want to be seen to be doing everything by the book – and that’s why he haven’t seen any official confirmation that they’re in for him. But, it’s possible.”
With the Champions League ending on Sunday, the next 10 days should prove pivotal in Liverpool’s pursuit of Thiago. They won’t want this to be dragged out, if they do want him then Klopp will want him training with the squad as soon as possible.