Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is said to be ‘very close’ to securing a move to Liverpool this summer – with the Premier League champions said to be in ‘advanced’ negotiations with the Spaniard.
The Reds are widely expected not to pursue any high-profile arrivals this summer as they look to defend their first title in 30 years.
After a deal for Timo Werner went down the drain due to RB Leipzig’s reluctance to budge on his release clause, Jurgen Klopp has been quick to suggest that it will be yet another quiet window at Anfield, with promotion from within the priority to strengthen the squad.
Now, Spanish outlet SPORT claim that Thiago is ‘very close’ to joining Liverpool, going as far to say that a deal has been agreed between the player and the Anfield giants.
This one first came to light last month, when a report from Bild claimed that the player wants to leave Bayern for Merseyside – having backed out of talks to extend his deal beyond the summer of 2021.
SPORT claim that Bayern are asking for €35m for his services, though that conflicts directly with information from the more reliable Bild who say that the Bavarian side want north of €60m before they will consider a sale.
His salary demands, profile, and age – turning 30 next year – mean that his signing would require a pretty drastic break from strategy from the Reds, who have shown no indication of doing so at virtually any stage over the last five years.