Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick is planning to have Thiago Alcantara available to him for the start of the Bundesliga campaign. It was near to the end of last season when Thiago indicated to Bayern that he wasn’t going to sign a new deal.
With just one year left on his contract, Bayern made it clear that they wanted to sell the 29-year-old and Liverpool emerged as the early frontrunners.
Reports have suggested that Thiago would like to move to Anfield, but no move has materialised as of yet.
Liverpool are unwilling to meet Bayern’s £27million asking price.
But a move for Thiago is also likely linked with Georginio Wijnaldum’s future at the club.
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For now, Thiago remains a Bayern player with the start of the season just over a week away.
Bayern host Schalke in their opening game of the new campaign as they bid to defend their title.
David Alaba also faces an uncertain future at the club and reports have suggested negotiations over a new contract have stalled.
But Flick is currently planning to have both Alaba and Thiago available for the new season.
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“The situation is not that easy,” he said.
“As long as they are in the squad, I plan with both of them.”
Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher though believes Liverpool will eventually get a deal done to sign Thiago.
“The only worry that might put Liverpool off is Thiago’s age – but I think the signing will still happen,” he told The Mirror.
“Liverpool have a few players in the squad around 28 or 29 and that’s why the deal will have to be on their terms – maybe nearer £20m.
“What Thiago does is add something different to what Liverpool have in midfield.
“The midfielders all do a brilliant job but are quite similar. It would be nice to have someone who can control the game more. It would be nice if they had a bit extra technically.
“I think a move will probably happen towards the end of the window.”
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