Liverpool have finally made an official move for Thiago Alcantara and are on the brink of securing his signing, according to multiple sources.
The Times’ journalist Paul Joyce and the Daily Telegraph both claim that Liverpool have finally set the ball rolling over a deal for the Bayern Munich star.
Furthermore, The Liverpool Echo also reports talks are now at an ‘advanced stage’ and a deal will be closed soon.
Thiago has been repeatedly linked with a move to Anfield in recent months, with his contract now in its final year.
The Spaniard, who recently won the Champions League with Bayern, would bring extra creativity to Liverpool’s midfield.
Manchester United had also reportedly been keen on Thiago, in what appears to be a two-way transfer tug of war with their Premier League rivals. However, SportBild were reporting on Wednesday that neither club had, at that point, made official contact with Bayern yet.
Former Bayern president Uli Hoeness even claimed Liverpool and United were using “blackmail” in their transfer pursuit by agreeing a deal with the player before approaching the club.
However, it now seems Liverpool have made their move for Thiago and are closing on his signature.
According to Joyce, the Reds will make a downpayment of £20m for the midfielder, with £5m in bonuses to Bayern.
The player will also inherit the No 6 shirt at Anfield, which was worn by Dejan Lovren last season.
Liverpool will pay £20m guaranteed plus £5m in bonuses to Bayern for Thiago Alcantara. Player will sign a four year deal and wear the No6 jersey.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) September 17, 2020
In addition, the 29-year-old is said to have agreed a four-year deal at Anfield.
And while there is no timescale on when he might arrive, there is not expected to be too many complications.
Thiago would be Jurgen Klopp’s second signing of the transfer window after left-back Kostas Tsimikas.
Neville backs Thiago move for Liverpool
Gary Neville has explained two big reasons why the signing of Thiago was a priority at Anfield this summer.
Firstly, the United great reckons Liverpool need a player of his quality to prevent a drop-off in standards this season. Secondly, he believes the signing of such a world-class star will prevent a malaise setting in among their current squad.
“To get to a Champions League final, win it the following season, and then to go again to win the Premier League title is a huge emotional drain on that group of Liverpool players for three years,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“To ask them to go again and achieve that same standard would be a superhuman effort.
“It wouldn’t be ridiculous to suggest there will be a slight drop-off. If they don’t somehow stimulate that squad by doing something to give them that lift again.
“Thiago would be the big one. He is world class and would give them a world-class presence in an area of the field where they don’t have one.”