Liverpool are yet to make an official bid to sign Thiago Alcantara but Bayern Munich are convinced a deal has already been agreed over a summer transfer. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already confirmed that Thiago will leave in the summer transfer window.
The Bundesliga giants were originally confident of tying up Thiago to a new contract, but negotiations broke down with the midfielder making it clear he was ready for a new challenge.
Bayern are not prepared to let Thiago leave for free next year, meaning they will offload him this summer.
At 29 years of age, Thiago is still very much in his prime and seen as one of the world’s best midfielders.
Clubs such as Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with a possible move.
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But Liverpool have emerged as the frontrunners for his signature, despite the club hinting finances will be tight for the summer transfer window.
The Reds pulled out of a move to sign top target Timo Werner after refusing to meet his release clause, with Chelsea swooping in to sign the striker.
Jurgen Klopp has, on numerous occasions, suggested that there will not be any big-money signings at Anfield this summer.
However, according to the Sunday World, it appears as though they may be closing in on a deal to sign Thiago.
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It is claimed that Klopp is personally pushing the Liverpool board to get a £30million deal over the line.
No offer has yet been made by Liverpool, but the report states Bayern are already convinced that Thiago has agreed a move to Merseyside.
A move for Thiago would come as somewhat of a surprise though given Liverpool’s usual transfer policy of buying young players with good sell-on value.
Klopp is also far from short of options in central midfield with academy star Curtis Jones tipped for more first-team football next season.
The Liverpool boss was coy on a potential bid when asked about the club’s interest in signing Thiago.
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“I have no idea who will play for me next year, there is nothing to say at the moment,” he said.
“Thiago Alcantara is a great player, but also a Bayern Munich player. That’s actually all there is to say. There’s nothing to say!”
But one midfielder facing an uncertain future at Liverpool is Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Reds have so far been unable to agree terms with Wijnaldum and his representatives on a new deal.
He has been a key member of Liverpool’s Premier League title-winning squad, but his current contract expires in 2021.
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