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Report: Liverpool ramping up pursuit of Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara (Updated)

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It looks like the Spaniard might end up going to the Premier League. What happened to signing an extension?

FC Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Now here’s a rumor that will worry Bayern Munich fans around the world. According to Spanish news outlet Sport, Premier league champions Liverpool are in advanced negotiations to sign Thiago Alcantara. The Spaniard ended up rejecting a new deal with the Bavarians, and Jurgen Klopp’s side might be the reason for that.

The report claims that Thiago is admired greatly by the Liverpool boss, who has faced him several times while he was still in Germany. The player, meanwhile, is said to be looking for new challenges — a move to the Premier League would be enticing at this stage of his career. Liverpool, after all, are a far cry from the mess they were half a decade ago. They just won the Champions League last season, and the league in this one. They are one of the best teams in the world right now.

Sport claims that Bayern have slapped a 35m euro price tag on the Spaniard, whose contract expires next summer. The price could be a stumbling block for the Reds, and they might look for more creative ways to make the transfer happen. As a Bayern fan, we wouldn’t mind a swap deal for Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane, but that’s probably not what they have in mind.

To lend this story more credence, Sport’s version of events is being somewhat corroborated by Bild reporter Tobias Altschaffl:

Liverpool’s reported interest in Thiago is becoming more specific. In Munich, those responsible assume that the Spaniard has a club behind them because he refuses to sign the negotiated contract.

This seems like it’s really happening. We really don’t want to lose Thiago, but if he decides to leave, there’s nothing the club can do. Let’s just hope the media is wrong once again, and Thiago signs a new contract after the DFB Pokal final tomorrow.


Update

Christian Falk of Bild says Bayern have not received a bid for Thiago.