Liverpool are reported to be in advanced talks with Thiago Alcanata – and Jamie Carragher could not be happier about his move to Anfield.
Spanish midfielder Thiago was one of the key players in Bayern’s victorious Champions League campaign. However, with just one year left on his contract, the club aren’t optimistic about keeping him.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Thiago, especially if Georginio Wijnaldum moves to Barcelona.
Some reports suggest that Manchester United want to hijack Liverpool’s move. However, the 29-year-old apparently prefers a switch to Anfield for two reasons.
Those Liverpool hopes have grown over the weekend. As per the Daily Express, they claim the midfielder is in the advanced stages of talks over the move to Liverpool.
The Reds, however, will need to sell first – and Wijnaldum looks the obvious fall-guy.
Even so, Carragher reckons Liverpool are signing a player of genuine quality.
Speaking in a Daily Telegraph Q&A, Carragher hailed what he would bring to Liverpool’s midfield.
“He has come through the Barcelona school.
“The Liverpool midfielders all do a brilliant job but are similar. Thiago can control the game more and add a bit extra in midfield technically,” Carragher said.
Carragher also believes, but for the coronavirus, Liverpool would have signed Timo Werner.
He added: “It is just whether the same team can do it again without reinforcements.
” I think there would have been new faces but for Covid-19. Liverpool, I think, would have signed Timo Werner if the situation was not as it is.
“I just hope they can get the Thiago Alcantara deal over the line. I think you trust Liverpool on transfers now.
“They are masters of the transfer market in terms of getting players for good fees and receiving big fees for their players.
“It may be a game being played with Thiago at the moment. It looks like someone they want, and they are playing the long game.
“He would be a good signing. But if he does come in, I think it will be towards the end of the transfer window and Liverpool trying to get him as cheap as possible.”
Thiago plays down Liverpool talk
Thiago has done his best to dampen rumours he is poised to join Liverpool.
“I have not told anyone that I’m leaving,” the Bayern star said on Saturday.
“Every year, they put me in a different club. For me my future is tomorrow’s game (against Ukraine) and there is nothing more to say.
“I neither care nor am I interested. What interests me is tomorrow.”