Liverpool’s transfer approach for Thiago Alcantara has been described as “hanging in the balance,” though the club have been tipped to complete the deal one way or another.
The Reds have been conspicuous by their relatively reserved approach to the summer transfer window.
Back-up left-back Kostas Tsimikas was acquired to provide competition for Andy Robertson, but the departures of Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have thus far not been addressed.
One such answer could be Bayern midfielder Thiago, who has been repeatedly linked with the Anfield club.
The classy Spaniard has got ex-Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney concerned at the prospect of him joining. Though Liverpool’s inaction has sparked interest from Arsenal as they sense an opportunity.
Regardless, Liverpool remain in the driving seat, but the club have thus far refused to stump up the fee Bayern require.
Now, prominent pundit Steve Nicol has backed Liverpool to get the deal over the line, but admits the Reds may have to wait 12 months until the expiry of Thiago’s contract.
“Well it’s really in the hands of the Bayern board, if Liverpool don’t come up with a compromise, and I think it was £30 million Bayern wanted,” Nicol told ESPN (via The Express)
“If they come up with a compromise that suits Bayern, then it’ll happen.
“But if it doesn’t happen in this window, it’s going to happen next summer when his contract runs out. I would suggest it’s more in Bayern’s interest to get some amount of money rather than get nothing.
“That way both Thiago is happy and Bayern get a decent amount of money as well. It’s hanging in the balance. It’s really down to the board, they’ve got to agree on a price.
“Liverpool have shown they won’t be pushed around by anybody, and if the price isn’t right they won’t take him right now.”
Liverpool duo backed for breakthrough
Meanwhile, a young duo at the opposite end of the career spectrum to Lallana and Lovren have been backed to shine next season.
Should Liverpool ultimately miss out on Thiago, one player who could step into the void is Curtis Jones.
He, along with Neco Williams have shown great promise in limited appearances thus far, and Steve McManaman believes a greater role awaits next year.