Liverpool have made their first official contact with Bayern Munich over a potential bid for Thiago Alcantara, claim reports in Germany.
Liverpool recently made their first signing as Premier League champions, bringing in Kostas Tsimikas to provide cover at left-back.
Now, their attention has turned towards a midfield target. Thiago Alcantara has been frequently linked with a move to Anfield over the past few months, and those claims have now gathered further momentum.
Previous reports indicated that while Jurgen Klopp admires the player, he was not looking to make an offer. However, according to Bild, Liverpool have in fact now opened communications with Bayern Munich.
Thiago is keen to leave the Bundesliga champions, with his contract there expiring in a year. The Spain international would like to test himself in the Premier League as he looks for a new challenge.
Now, Liverpool have made their first move for the player. The report from Bild claims that they have now opened official contact with Bayern. The two clubs’ respective sporting directors, Michael Edwards and Hasan Salihamidzic, are in talks – although Liverpool are yet to present a bid.
Not only have talks between the two clubs formally opened, but the player has agreed a deal in principal over personal terms.
Liverpool will still have to come to an agreement with Bayern over the transfer fee, with talks only in their initial stages. The German giants want somewhere between €30m and €40m.
That’s a fee that has not put off Liverpool, despite their previous stance being to pay up to €25m. As such, Bild state the deal is “getting closer”, with the player “absolutely convinced” by the Anfield project.
MAN CITY MAKE LATE PUSH FOR THIAGO?
Liverpool have been the sole suitor for Thiago so far. But reports from the same German outlet emerged recently that Manchester City could make their own bid.
City boss Pep Guardiola worked with Thiago at both Barcelona and Bayern, and could be eyeing another reunion. In fact, Bild claimed they were willing to offer more money than Liverpool.
Despite this, the Manchester Evening News says that City have not made a bid for Thiago – nor other major target Kalidou Koulibaly.
City are in the market for another defender, having already added Nathan Ake from Bournemouth. But while they do not deny their interest in Koulibaly, the report from the MEN says they are yet to make a formal offer.