Liverpool supporters know all about lengthy transfer sagas. Sadly the more remembered the drama the more likely it proved to be unsuccessful.
Timo Werner this summer, Nabil Fekir in 2018 and Alexis Sanchez in 2014 all spring to mind.
Entering the 2020 window and Liverpool’s transfer priorities has extensively been linked to Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
While Thiago is unquestionably a world-class option for Jurgen Klopp to consider, there have been contrasting reports as to whether Liverpool’s interest in the Spaniard was legitimate.
After all, with just three weeks left in the window, Liverpool are still yet to make an official bid for the 29-year-old who has just one year remaining on his current deal at Bayern.
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As the window has gone on, speculation regarding to Wijnaldum’s uncertainty contractually have fuelled Liverpool’s need to potentially add Thiago as if the Reds were to lose one of their key assets in midfield it would suddenly open up a space for the Spanish international.
A move for Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos represents Liverpool’s only example of business this summer which was a necessary addition, for other reasons, with Andy Robertson requiring a natural suited option as a back-up.
There have been suggestions that Liverpool are still a centre-back short going into the new season following Dejan Lovren’s departure to Zenit St Petersburg while another option to deputies in attack also wouldn’t go amiss for Klopp.
Thiago or Wijnaldum resolution could define summer
Whatever happens from now until October 5, it would seem that the two names that will define how the 2020 summer window will be remembered will be Thiago and Wijnaldum.
Put simply, if Liverpool were to keep Wijnaldum or sign Thiago, the summer will be deemed a success.
Indeed, it would be even better if Liverpool could keep Wijnaldum and sign Thiago this summer but as Melissa Reddy of the Independent rightly pointed out, this can only happen if the financial landscape of the economy were to drastically change in the next few weeks.
The good news is that the Thiago sage hasn’t officially been confirmed as dead in the water and developments continue to update on the daily.
— Constantin Eckner (@cc_eckner) September 9, 2020
Journalist Constantin Eckner who has had work published by the BBC, Times and ESPN recently claimed that an agreement between Liverpool and Bayern had been made although the Reds maintain they are not willing to pay the €30 million valuation Bayern currently demand.
German publication Bild also recently confirmed that Thiago was given an extra week on his holidays to sort out his future before the Bundesliga is set to restart on September 18.
It is hard to see Bayern relenting on price, and whether Liverpool actually definitively want Thiago remains to be seen.
Klopp and Wijanldum held talks regarding the Dutchman’s future with the club which could give an indication of whether he is expected to stay or pursue a reported interest from Ronald Koeman and Barcelona.
According to The Mail, Liverpool could be prepared to do business for Wijnaldum if an offer in the region of £15 million were to be tabled.
If Liverpool do want Thiago and Wijnaldum looks set to leave then the Reds will have to cough up whatever it takes to land a replacement of such a high calibre. Otherwise, if Wijnaldum were to leave and Thiago slips through Liverpool’s fingers then the summer will be deemed a failure as opposed to a success.
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