If Liverpool are to pursue their reported interest in Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich this summer then the Reds will have to match the Spaniard’s £200,000-a-week wage demands, claim ESPN.
The Premier League champions have been heavily touted with a move for Thiago, who recently won the Champions League following Bayern’s 1-0 victory against Paris Saint Germain in Lisbon last month.
Despite persistent links, Liverpool are yet to make their interest concrete as there have been no official reports to confirm of the club making an official bid.
Wijnaldum, 29, recently held talks with Klopp over his future amid the midfielder’s reported interest from Barcelona. According to Sky Sports, the talks between the Liverpool manager and Wijnaldum were ‘positive’ and the Dutchman intends to stay at the club and fight towards a contract resolution.
Considering the likelihood that Wijnaldum will be retained at Anfield for another season, if Liverpool were to make a move for Thiago then his wages would certainly be an expensive prospect to fund.
The former Barcelona maestro would immediately become Liverpool’s joint highest-earning player alongside Mohamed Salah who is also on a £200,000-a-week pay-packet with the Reds according to Spotrac.
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The latest report in what has been one of the most heavily covered transfer sagas of the summer window will not come as good news to Kopites who are still hopeful of a move for Thiago materialising.
Given Liverpool’s self-sustaining financial model, the club are not about to disrupt their wage structure to bring in a player that has just one year remaining on his current contract at the Allianz Arena.
Wijnaldum and Liverpool recently reached an impasse in contractual negotiations after Reddy of The Independent reported that there were issues in agreement regarding the length of a new deal.
With that said, if the club are reluctant to plunge funds into the maintenance in one of their current players who has played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s recent success then it is even more unlikely they will be willing to invest in Thiago.
Klopp has remained consistent in his transfer approach this summer given the limited funding in the aftermath of the ongoing pandemic.
The Reds boss has taken precedence in maintaining hold of what he has as opposed to what he can bring in the summer market.
Liverpool could still strike a deal for Thiago in January when the player is able to begin talks with foreign clubs and discussions may then materialise regarding a pre-arranged contract at Anfield.
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