Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is not open to the prospect of waiting a year to secure his desired move to Liverpool according to reports from Germany as per The Telegraph.
Thiago, 29, recently became a European champion for the second time in his career following Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League final.
It appeared to be the perfect farewell for the Spanish international on a seven-year spell in Germany as Thiago looks towards a new challenge for next season.
Even Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed in the last 24 hours that he is not optimistic about retaining Thiago next season.
“It looked a lot like a goodbye as if he had made up his mind,” said Rummenigge, who also reaffirmed Liverpool’s transfer stance from the start – that there has been no concrete discussion as of yet between Anfield and Bayern.
Indeed, this could yet to change as SPORT BILD recently confirmed that negotiations for Thiago between Liverpool & Bayern Munich will take place this week. It also claims that it seems imminent that an offer from the Reds will be expected in the coming days.
BILD’s chief sports reporter Tobi Altschaffl also confirmed that Thiago was reduced to tears during Bayern’s employee party in Munich on Monday as the player said his farewells to his teammates.
According to @BILD Information, Thiago even shed tears at the employee party in the Arena on Monday. Thiago came to the internal stadium party with his wife and children and hugged his teammates for a long time. He in particular said goodbye to Robert Lewandowski (32).
— Tobi Altschäffl (@altobelli13) August 25, 2020
The former Barcelona star is in a similar contractual situation to Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum – with one year remaining on Thiago’s current deal at the Allianz Arena.
What is glaringly obvious from reports is that Bayern’s stance regarding Thiago is much different to that concerning Liverpool and Wijnaldum.
Bayern have been vocal from the start that they are desperate for Thiago to remain in Germany and have even offered the Spaniard a new-and-improved long-term deal to convince the player to stay.
Despite growing ambiguity regarding Wijnaldum, Liverpool consistently continue to downplay rumours linking the Premier League champions with an interest in Thiago.
While it could be interpreted that those closest to Thiago are better informed regarding the player’s imminent future, it could also be another case similarly to Timo Werner where the media are jumping the gun to just how concrete Liverpool’s said interest is.
Given his quality and European pedigree, it doesn’t take the most skilled sporting director in world football to conclude that Thiago would undoubtedly improve Liverpool next season making it likely that the club have indeed weighed up the possibility of signing Thiago, yet there is a major difference between an interest in a player to that of a club actively pursuing one.
Liverpool have stressed throughout the ongoing pandemic that spending big without the certainty of funds just isn’t viable at this moment in time. The club’s recent purchase of Kostas Tsimikas is testament to that notion as the Greek left-back was only bought following the £10.9 million sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.
It is likely that this is a transfer saga that could be dragged out until October, when the transfer window is set to close as Liverpool will not want to pay anywhere close to the £30 million valuation for a player they could sign on a pre-contractual deal just months later.
The Telegraph’s report, however, that Thiago is not keen on the prospect of waiting a year which complicates matters further in the transfer saga that just refuses to go away this summer.
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