Per a new report from Mercato (via Le10Sport in France), Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have made an offer to Bayern Munich for Thiago Alcantara. The report suggests the Parisians are ready to spend at least 30-million euros for the midfielder, which is the price Bayern has said they will not lower to sell him. At this point, Bayern’s front office has given Thiago the green light to leave the club, as long as they get at least 30-million for him.
The report also claims that discussions between Bayern and PSG are already underway. PSG sporting director Leonardo Araújo has made it clear that he wants to focus on strengthening the midfield during the transfer window. In the center of midfield, Paris currently has Marco Verratti, Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler, Idrissa Gueye, and Leandro Paredes on their books and they sold defensive midfielder/defender Tangay Nianzou to Bayern earlier this month. Thiago would certainly be a welcomed presence in the core of PSG’s midfield who would bolster their quality in the middle of the park.
There’s also another reason why PSG could be currently placing their focus on Thiago. They’ve been pursuing Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić, but the Serie A club has already clinched Champions League qualification for next season and are using that to ask for more money for the Serbian international. Because of that, Thiago would be much more financially feasible for PSG, because Lazio are asking for more than 30-million euros for Milinković-Savić.
Of course, Thiago has also been linked in recent weeks with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League, but interest has cooled off a bit from Liverpool’s end. Klopp is not one to budge when it comes to transfer fees. Bayern initially were asking at least 35-million euros for Thiago, but Klopp didn’t want to raise his offer. Still, though, Klopp also likes to keep his transfer intentions pretty discrete, so we’d be ill advised to rule Liverpool out altogether at this current juncture.