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Report: Barcelona considering loan move for Thiago Alcantara

New Barcelona manager and midfield legend Xavi reportedly wants Liverpool’s midfield maestro at Camp Nou as he looks to implement his vision for the Catalan side.

Last week, I covered the story that Barca are considering a move for the Spaniard and now it seems they would prefer a temporary deal to sign him.

According to Mundo Deportivo who reported on the story this weekend, the 30-year-old is a target for Xavi and after taking Dani Alves back to the club, they want to re-sign Thiago as well.

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Due to a lack of funds, Barcelona are forced to make only loan moves and if that’s the case and Liverpool show a willingness to release Thiago, they must make sure an obligation-to-buy clause is inserted into the loan deal and that they recoup the £25million they paid Bayern Munich to sign him.

Last week, I wrote that Liverpool should not sell him and while I maintain that he can still be a success for the Reds, due to injury and bad timing, it hasn’t yet gone to plan for the no.6 at Anfield.

He suffered his own serious injury last season and then when he returned, Liverpool were trying to cope with an unprecedented centre-back crisis and this season, he has already missed 12 games due to injury.

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With the midfielder set to turn 31 in April, he’s not getting any younger and if Liverpool can sign him and another midfielder to replace Gini Wijnaldum there may be a way this turns out well for the Reds.

However, given FSG’s track record, I can’t see them signing two new no.8s and so keeping Thiago still remains the best option at this point so hopefully he can avoid injury and kick on.

You also need to take into consideration whether or not Thiago would want to return to a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona that is buried under a mountain of debt.

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