Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick says he is expecting to lose players with “tremendous quality” this summer, amid speculation about Thiago Alcantara’s future.
The German treble winners dominated this season after Flick resurrected a Bayern side struggling under Niko Kovac.
Robert Lewandowski led the charge with 55 goals as fellow club stalwart Manuel Neuer proved excellent again.
While it is unlikely they will leave this summer, one player who is gearing up for a new challenge is Thiago. He has refused a new contract, with Bayern’s CEO all but confirming his exit.
Liverpool are reportedly keen, with speculation suggesting the feeling is mutual with the Spanish midfielder.
Speaking to Die Zeit, Flick hinted that Thiago could depart. What’s more, he summed up the sort of traits he will lose in those leaving the club.
“[We will] lose some players who have tremendous quality, we have to deal with that,” the manager said.
“If I could continue to work with this squad, that would be nice, but that is not the case.”
Flick previously admitted that he could sense Thiago is keen to leave, adding that he would “understand” if the 29-year-old wanted a new challenge in the Premier League.
However, Bayern look well set for the 2020/21 season. Highly-rated young goalkeeper Alexander Nubel has arrived from Schalke, as has Leroy Sane from Manchester City.
Indeed, Sane may well play alongside Serge Gnabry or Kingsley Coman – as well as Lewandowski – in an attack that could take Europe by storm next season.
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As for Thiago, reports claiming Liverpool‘s interest have spanned several months.
The key sticking point for the Reds is the midfielder’s asking price, reports say. Bayern allegedly want at least £27million.
However, further claims this week have said Liverpool are willing to brush off their financial fears about a deal.