The future of Thiago Alcantara still lies in Liverpool’s hands, claims journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Romano insists that Liverpool will be able to sign Thiago if they pay the money Bayern want, which is currently €30 million (£27m).

He says Liverpool do not want to pay Bayern’s valuation for a player who has just one year remaining on his current contract at the Allianz Arena although talks between Liverpool and the recently crowned European champions will restart shortly.

Romano, who confirmed for The Guardian earlier in August that Liverpool’s interest in the Spanish international was indeed concrete although the Reds are adamant they will not pay close to Bayern’s asking-price for Thiago.

Thiago himself is keen to join Liverpool and work with Jurgen Klopp following a successful seven-year stint in Germany that saw the former Barcelona maestro win everything there is to win with the Bavarian outfit.

Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Final

LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 23: Thiago Alcantara of FC Bayern Munich celebrates with the UEFA Champions League Trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Michael Regan – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Romano did also recently confirm that Liverpool are now ready to discuss a fee with Bayern Munich for Thiago Alcantara following an interview with CBS.

“He can have his last match for his team and then leave for Premier League football. Thiago will leave for sure this summer,” Romano said.

“Bayern Munich is now in talks with Liverpool, the player agreed personal terms. The player wants to play for Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool, now it’s time to start talks between Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

“They will talk about the fee. But there are good possibilities to see Thiago at Liverpool next season.”

It is proving to be one of the most gripping yet confusing transfer sagas this summer as a number of contrasting reports are yet to be backed up with real evidence that a deal for Thiago is about to gain sufficient traction.

 

The ECHO reiterated yesterday that the Premier League champions have no interest in the 29-year-old, but other publications are claiming that Liverpool aren’t just keen on the prospect of signing Thiago but that a deal ‘will happen shortly’.

According to reports in Germany, a deal for Thiago is set to be negotiated in the coming days although there is still yet to be proof of an official bid at this moment in time.

The transfer window is open until October 5, but Bayern will want the situation resolved by the time the German season begins on September 18.

Romano’s update shows that Liverpool can still win Bayern over. The Reds just have to make a firm decision, a gamble which goes against their tradition transfer philosophies and ethos.

Melissa Reddy of the Independent recently reported that the determining factors behind a potential deal were not financially impacted but that Liverpool are not prepared to invest in a position that is currently heavily occupied at the club unless a high-profile player were to leave.

What remains consistent throughout this rollercoaster of a transfer saga is that Liverpool are indeed interested in signing Thiago but only under the right circumstances – and a factor in that is having appropriate space in the midfield for him without disrupting squad harmony.

FC Bayern Muenchen Doha Training Camp - Day 5

DOHA, QATAR – JANUARY 08: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) head coach Hansi Flick of FC Bayern Muenchen and Thiago of FC Bayern Muenchen discussion during day five of the FC Bayern Muenchen winter training camp on January 8, 2020 in Doha, Qatar.(Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Comments from the Bayern boss hint at the Premier League

Bayern manager Hansi Flick recently told Sport Bild that he believes Thiago’s talents will be best utilised in the Premier League next season with the Champions League-winning head coach reluctantly accepting that one of his key players has his heart set on leaving the club.

He said: “Thiago played for Barcelona and seven years for Bayern Munich. He wants a new challenge which, in my opinion, should be the Premier League.”

It is a little peculiar for any manager to publically announce that one of their star players is leaving which emphasises just how likely it is Thiago will leave this summer even if Liverpool do not come in for a move.

Thiago demonstrated in the Champions League final that even at 29, he is a world-class player and that he would instantly make Liverpool a better team next season. For that reason, all factors must be considered to bring in a player of the highest order to Anfield.

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