Liverpool start their season on Saturday with a visit from newly promoted Leeds United. Despite the first game of the season being just around the corner the Reds have left a lot of their business uncharacteristically late with one deal in particular seemingly taking some time to negotiate. According to Duncan Castles, Liverpool are in prime position to sign Thiago, the only issue is that FSG won’t pay the fee.
Liverpool and Thiago
Weeks and weeks, months and months. The Liverpool and Thiago saga has dragged on and on.
Everyone and their nan has weighed in on it. The general consensus seems to be that everything is in place for the signing but it just isn’t happening.
The Spaniard has purportedly told Bayern Munich he wants to leave and they are open to selling him. Just when a move will materialise is anybody’s guess.
He would be an incredibly useful addition but for some reason negotiations are stalling.
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Duncan Castles insight
Transfer expert Duncan Castles has given his two cents on the conundrum. The journalist has claimed that the Reds’ owners are the hold up, telling the Transfer Window Podcast:
“Thiago we know is another deal that has been set up by Klopp. He’s a player he really wants, he believes will fit into the midfield, sort some of the problems they have had with the midfield.
“He’s been looking for a long time for a player who can provide the physical effort and play the pressing game that is essential to being part of Liverpool’s midfield and be a more creative force than the individuals he has in there at the moment.
“He has, I think, one year left at Bayern, but [they] need over €30m as a transfer fee. So the deal is there. The player’s terms are there, the player wants to go, Klopp has set it up, FSG aren’t paying the money required to make it happen.”
What RTK has to say
This comes as no surprise.
The transfer fee has long been thought to be the major roadblock in negotiations.
FSG have been tight with money recently due to the financial impact of the global health crisis, splashing out on an ageing midfielder isn’t too enticing for them.
One thing we can take away from this report is that if the signing doesn’t happen then we can’t imagine Jürgen Klopp being best pleased by the lack of movement.
The gaffer has struggled for creativity in the middle since the departure of Philippe Coutinho – to deny him the perfect deep playmaker now could cause a rift.