‘If a club approaches us that is willing to pay a fair transfer fee, we will work on it’: Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits Liverpool target Thiago wants to leave and club will do business for a ‘fair’ offer
- Liverpool continue to be linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara
- The Spanish playmaker has told the Bavarians he wishes to leave this summer
- Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club will listen to serious offers
- It is understood Liverpool and Bayern are some way off in their valuations
Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has this week admitted he is willing to work with clubs who make a ‘fair’ offer for midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
The CEO of the German giants has finally spoken out on the speculation swirling around the Spanish playmaker, who has been heavily linked with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Former Barcelona star Thiago, 29, has just one year remaining on his Bayern deal and has told the club he wishes to move on this summer.
Bayern Munich are ready to sell midfielder Thiago but only for what they deem a ‘fair’ fee
Speaking this week to German publication Bild, Rummenigge said: ‘Regarding Thiago, it’s known that he told us he wanted to do something new.
‘If a club approaches us that is willing to pay a fair transfer fee, we will work on it’
Liverpool have not yet made any formal offer to Bayern for Thiago, and it is understood the two clubs are some way apart in their valuation.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted Thiago has asked to move on from Germany
Bayern are looking to bank over £30million for the player who they signed from the Nou Camp for £21.6m in the summer of 2013.
Liverpool boss Klopp is known to be a long-term admirer of Thiago, previously referring to him as one of the league’s ‘great’ players during his time in the Bundesliga.
The player himself has held ambitions to play in the Premier League, and is said to be hopeful a move to Anfield can be completed.
As previously reported, Liverpool are only looking to pay over the £20m mark to make a possible deal happen, with the player turning 30 in April next year and entering the twilight of his career.
Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of Thiago and is said to be keen on a move if possible
Reports across Germany state Klopp is keen to add Thiago to his midfield ranks at Anfield and has made this opinion known internally, though will continue to act within budget throughout the summer transfer window.
The Reds have seen their spending finances badly hampered by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and had to pull out of a move for German striker Timo Werner as a result.
Liverpool could not justify a huge outlay on a player who would initially be brought in as a rotational back-up to their deadly front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Werner instead signed for Chelsea in a £53m deal.
Liverpool have already been active in the market, signing Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos
Klopp has been active in the transfer market already however, after Liverpool announced the signing of Greece international Kostas Tsimikas on Monday afternoon for a fee of £11.75m.
The Reds are still in the market for more defensive cover, following the departure of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.
In the coming weeks the club will also listen to offers for winger Harry Wilson and forward Xherdan Shaqiri.
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