Liverpool remain in a stalemate with Bayern Munich over Thiago Alcantara.
A seemingly complicated deal is, from the outside, pretty simple. Pay Bayern’s asking price or walk away.
The current Champions League holders have not budged on their €30 million valuation which BILD reported back in August.
Somewhere along the line, Liverpool have understandably maintained that they will not pay such a figure for someone who could be signed on a pre-contract for nothing in January.
Another factor is that Thiago would command wages of about £200,000 per week over a three or four-year period, which is a big commitment for someone who turns 30 this season.
Initially, this was a transfer saga that filled supporters with optimism and excitment, now it just feels particularly draining.
Liverpool will not be held to ransom by anyone so it is likely that the Reds will walk away.
We have benefited before by playing hardball when it comes to financial figures. In 2018, sporting director Michael Edwards was successful in bringing Alisson Becker for less than Roma’s asking price, and likewise with Fabinho in the same window.
The Reds have been forced to overspend on rare occasions if they deem the player to possess unlimited value as was in the case of Virgil van Dijk, however.
In terms of Thiago, Edwards and the transfer committee are maintaining a sensible approach. Liverpool do not intent to invest in another midfielder unless they are to lose one of their current options.
This is the right thing to do as it is worth remembering that Liverpool have seven midfielders on their books currently – not including Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic – making it financially irresponsible to heavily invest in an area we are already strong in.
Make no mistake, we would love to see Thiago play at Anfield as he is a world-class act, but looking at the balance of the squad there are more pressing areas of reinforcement such as at centre-back and in another wide attacker.
There are more pressing matters
Liverpool have had to spend just £23 million on transfers over the previous four windows and while that may seem like the club are being stingey, it’s more a case of the Reds prioritising elsewhere.
Klopp and the board have utilised the power of internal value by protecting what they have as opposed to what they could get elsewhere.
Liverpool have been improved immeasurably by retaining the rights of their Premier League-winning squad for at least another season with the bulk of Klopp’s team tied down to long-term lucrative contracts.
Even in the case of Georginio Wijnaldum, there is evidence that a resolution can be resolved from a contractual standpoint.
Sky Sports recently reported that Wijnaldum held positive talks with Klopp last week, and the Dutchman intends to stay and prove to the board that he is worthy of an extension on his current deal which is due to expire next season.
Wijnaldum is 30 in November, so this next contract is probably his last real big one.
Even Klopp is maintaining a calm and collective approach in response to Wijnaldum’s contract situation.
“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,” Klopp said on Tuesday.
“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.”
Ideally, of course Klopp would like one or two more new faces in before the window shuts but the boss also fully accepts the financial reality of the current climate and backs the stance that deals will only get done if the terms are right for the club.
It’s understandable that there is a sense of frustration in some quarters for the lack of transfer activity. However, it is important to remember that there were similar concerns a year ago and that season turned out to be pretty ok.
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