Things are moving fast. According to a new report by Bild (paywalled), Liverpool FC have contacted Bayern Munich regarding a transfer of Thiago Alcantara. The Spaniard, whose contract expires next year, has refused to extend his current deal. Most people in the Bayern camp have admitted that he’s looking for a move abroad.
According to the report, the Reds have now contacted sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic for the player, implying that they have already reached agreement with Thiago over personal terms. Jürgen Klopp has long been an admirer of Thiago, ever since his experience facing the Spaniard as coach of Borussia Dortmund. It seems that Thiago wants a new challenge, and the Reds are his top destination.
Bayern, however, will not let him go for cheap. According to Bild, the bosses want between €30 to €40 million for the player. Otherwise, they might be content to let him run down the remaining year of his contract. The financial demands present a problem for Liverpool, who have curbed their spending on account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether the two sides reach a deal this summer remains to be seen.
Fabrizio Romano, everyone’s favorite tier 1 journalist, has corroborated Bild’s reporting of the news.
Liverpool are in contact with Bayern Münich for Thiago Alcantara. The player would love to join and Klopp wants him (still working also for Wijnaldum to sign a new contract).— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 13, 2020
Bayern want no less than €30m to sell Thiago. It’s up to Liverpool now... #LFC #Bayern #Thiago