Liverpool have cleared a path for Manchester United to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to reports. Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a move for the Spaniard all summer but the transfer is becoming more unlikely.
That’s as an agent of a forgotten Anfield midfielder has claimed his client has been promised an opportunity this season.
Marko Grujic – who has spent the last two years on loan at Hertha Berlin – will be given a chance.
“Liverpool want to keep him. That could change in January at the earliest,” his agent Fali Ramadani explained.
Georginio Wijnaldum is also set to stay despite links to Barcelona, making a move for Thiago all the more unlikely.
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The Bayern start has told the Bundesliga champions he wants to leave and is seeking a new challenge in his career.
United have been linked with a swoop and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now the favourites to land the 29-year-old, say TeamTalk.
Thiago is about to move into the last year of his current contract at the Allianz Arena and has not put pen to paper on a new agreement.
Bayern are asking for €30m (£27.7m) for their midfielder, a price Liverpool are not prepared to pay.
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That could open the door for United who have already signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax this summer.
Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness believes Liverpool and United have an agreement in place with Thiago already.
Speaking to Sport1, Hoeness said: “It is a difficult situation. A while ago we agreed on a new four-year contract. Some days later he said: ‘I’m looking for a new challenge.’ Which is totally okay.
“I think he obviously has an agreement with Liverpool or Manchester United or both of them. Now both clubs are bluffing, and no one has contacted Bayern Munich officially.
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“From my point of view, that has no style. They’re trying to blackmail us, by waiting until the last week, when they’re going to make a cheap offer.
“In that case FC Bayern have to ask themselves the question: do they want to go along with that or do they tell the player that he has to stay.
“It’s going to be a hot three weeks until [the transfer window closes on] October 5.”
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