With the status as Premier League champions finally a beaming reality for Liverpool supporters, fans had hoped to see a strong statement in the transfer market.
So far, there has been limited dealings amid the financial uncertainty that has followed the pandemic, with only Kostas Tsimikas signed with the 2020/21 campaign firmly underway.
Thiago Alcantara has been persistently touted as a top target, yet so much ambiguity still remains as to whether there is concrete interest in the Spaniard from Liverpool’s part.
Liverpool are yet to make an official bid, with ESPN reporting yesterday that Thiago would command a weekly pay-packet of £200,000-a-week if any club were to sign the 29-year-old.
According to The Independent, a move for Thiago still appears elusive and Liverpool could be set to wait until the final week of the transfer window before making a substantial move.
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It seems unlikely that Liverpool will move for Thiago given that reputable journalists such as James Pearce and Melissa Reddy recently claimed that the only logical explanation for a deal materialising would be if the Reds were to sell one of their current midfield options – a scenario the club expect not to happen.
Georginio Wijnaldum was recently linked with a move to Barcelona but Klopp has since had his say on the rumoured transfer development.
Speaking on Tuesday, the Liverpool coach said: “It’s all good with Gini. Absolutely fine about the future as far as we are involved. I can’t speak about a few years, but it’s all good for the moment.
“You know the situation – between me, Gini and the club, everything is fine.
“Since Gini is here I have had 500 or 600 talks with him. Of course, I’ve spoken to him since he came back from international duty. But that’s all.”
He’s carrying on
Thiago is still firmly a Bayern player and will look to feature for the Champions League winners when their 2020/21 campaign begins on Friday with a home clash against Schalke.
The former Barcelona maestro was given an extra week off training following his recent involvement with the Spanish national team in the UEFA Nations League last week but is expected to return ahead of Bayern’s inaugural Bundesliga fixture.
Despite Liverpool’s season already underway following that enthralling 4-3 victory against Leeds on the opening day, links with Thiago still persist.
Liverpool reportedly haven’t given up on a deal and there may still be a late twist, but with every passing day, this looks like a tougher deal to get over the line.
Klopp has remained consistent with the club’s transfer approach this summer and unless a key player in that specific area were to leave, it is difficult to see a deal materialising.
A more viable and likely option for Liverpool would be for the club to agree upon a pre-contract arrangement in January when Thiago is able to begin talks with other clubs considering the player is in the final year of his Bayern contract.
The whole saga has totally and understandably frustrated supporters, who have been venting on social media about the seemingly backwards way that developments continually seem to unfold.
Here are a selected number of responses from Kopites who are beginning to accept that a deal becomes less likely the more the transfer window lingers on…
I have basically come around to the idea of transfer windows are just not our thing and no way we get Thiago
— Moley (@Moley_LFC) September 15, 2020
— Ky (@KDoyle18) September 15, 2020
If we aren't in for Thiago then so be it… i really think Edwards and Liverpool will wait for January to try and and secure his signature om a free next year
— Marcel_LFC (@MarceP10) September 15, 2020
If Thiago is asking for £200k a week, we wont sign him. No way we bring in a new player on more than our current players who won us the league and UCL #LFC
— Richard Dickinson (@RochardDockinso) September 15, 2020
We need another CB, another attacker and then Thiago. That would give us more quality, an injection of fresh faces to stop us stagnating and to keep the squad on their toes.
— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) September 15, 2020
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