Money issues cast aside as Klopp harbours new concern over Thiago

Thiago Alcantara

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to make sure a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara does not disrupt the harmony within the dressing room, according to a report.

Thiago’s seven-year, trophy-laden spell with Bayern will likely end this summer. He has turned a new deal, with CEO Karl-Heinz Rumminegge willing to negotiate a “fair offer”.

The Spain international is reportedly keen to move to Liverpool. Indeed, Bayern boss Hansi Flick has said he would “understand” if Thiago wanted to master a third top European league after his time with Barcelona.

Previous reports have cited Liverpool’s financial reluctance as a key sticking point in a deal. Bayern want around £27million for Thiago, a price Liverpool are currently unwilling to pay.

According to The Independent, however, money is not the definitive problem for Liverpool. Klopp’s midfield is the strongest area of his squad and he is reportedly keen to maintain his team’s morale.

Indeed, while the likes of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson are regular starters, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are targeting a more regular role next season.

 

 

Therefore, adding Thiago to the squad could affect the balance of the squad, with morale “central” to Klopp’s philosophy.

Liverpool have seven first-team midfielders – not including the returning Marko Grujic. As such, The Independent adds that sales will help to maintain such a balance.

Otherwise, the newspaper says, a deal for Thiago is unlikely to happen.

LIVERPOOL COULD SELL IN MIDFIELD

Georginio Wijnaldum

Grujic could be among the first midfielder to seal a permanent exit. The Serbian has enjoyed the last two seasons on loan at Hertha Berlin and the Bundesliga side are open to a permanent deal.

Meanwhile, further reports claim Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is keen on a move for Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman has entered the final year of his Anfield deal and his compatriot Koeman is working to rebuild an ageing Barca squad.

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