Liverpool’s transfer plans have been held characteristically close to the chest of Michael Edwards. The Reds have been operating in their usual manner, acting quietly and decisively. Dejan Lovren was sold and shortly after Kostas Tsimikas was brought in. The club will likely add more depth to the squad before the new season starts with one rumour in particular refusing to be silenced. However, Liverpool could save up to £45m if they sign Thiago on a free transfer instead.
The Liverpool and Thiago saga
For months we have seen Liverpool linked with Thiago Alcantara.
The Spaniard has won it all at Bayern Munich and, heading into the final year of his contract, he has purportedly told the club he is looking for a new challenge and won’t be signing a new deal.
As a result newspapers around the world have linked Liverpool with Thiago, RMC Sport in France even went as far as to claim that the Reds had agreed a four-year-deal with the Spaniard.
The stumbling block
According to David Ornstein, Liverpool won’t sign Thiago because they won’t go near Bayern Munich’s alleged £45m valuation.
At 29-years-old there is no chance that the Reds would ever pay so much for him, or anybody of his age.
FSG have focused on signing younger talents whose value will improve over time, splashing out £45m on a midfielder entering his 30s doesn’t make sense.
Liverpool should bag Thiago on a free
There is one very obvious solution to the costly conundrum.
Liverpool should just wait six months and agree to sign Thiago on a free transfer.
From January the Spaniard will be free to negotiate a pre-contract with his next club and if he is as intent on joining the Reds as the press would have us believe then waiting six months shouldn’t be a problem.
This would save Liverpool a great deal of money which could be spent on other areas of the squad, such as bringing in a much needed fourth choice centre back.
The Reds just being patient could kill two birds with one stone, getting Thiago in on a free and using the saved cash on quality elsewhere.