Liverpool haven’t made any big moves in the transfer market this summer. The Reds have instead played it cool, only bringing in a backup left back in the shape of Kostas Tsimikas and some youth prospects such as Melkamu Frauendorf and Marcelo Pitaluga. However, Liverpool may still land Thiago from Bayern Munich. The Reds’ reported plan to sign the Spaniard does have one downside.
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This summer Liverpool have had their transfer plans curtailed by the financial impact of the global health crisis.
The Reds have reportedly lost up to £100m due to the pandemic with hits taken to various revenue streams, most importantly the lack of matchday income.
Given the uncertainty of the financial landscape going forward the club have decided to tread carefully in the transfer market.
Liverpool leave it late for Thiago
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The Reds will allegedly wait until there is little time left before making their approach.
The thinking is that this approach will force Bayern Munich into agreeing more favourable terms.
Given that the Spaniard is entering the final year of his contract and is purportedly unwilling to sign an extension, the German giants won’t want to risk losing the playmaker on a free next summer.
As a result, the Reds leaving it late could bring a degree of brinksmanship to the talks.
The potential downside
If Liverpool leave it late for Thiago then we may not see him starting regularly until the new year.
Jürgen Klopp is noted for his stubbornness when folding new signings into the team.
The German has regularly waited months at a time before making a new signing a regular starter.
This is because of the uniquely intricate pressing system the gaffer deploys, he has to make sure that new arrivals are up to speed.
Signing Thiago in October means we could be without him in the starting lineup for some key fixtures in November.
The Reds take on Manchester City a month after the transfer deadline – will Klopp really trust Thiago to start that game with an international break taking the player away from the training ground in October?