The “rumour in the dressing room” is that Bayern Munich star Thiago is heading to Liverpool, according to Raphael Honigstein.
German football expert Honigstein is convinced that Liverpool would be getting “an absolute diamond” and believes if Liverpool can get the midfielder for £25m it would be an “absolute steal”.
Speaking on the Transfer Talk podcast Honigstein is sure that the 29-year-old has yet to hit his peak despite starring in the Bundesliga this season.
The attacking midfielder has become an integral part of Bayern’s team and they offered him a new deal, which he has turned down.
Jurgen Klopp’s interest has been well documented, although he has refused to speak about a move for the player.
“Thiago Alcantara is a great player, but also a Bayern Munich player. So that’s it, I’ve actually said everything. There is nothing to say about it! ” he said last month.
Honigstein suggests that Liverpool’s approach could be part of their strategy to sign the player who would be a “bargain”.
“Bayern had an offer of a contract extension on the table,” he said. “They thought they’d agreed, but he’s changed his mind. The club assumed that he must already have a deal in place with someone else, but that side are yet to reveal their hand.
“There’s been no firm offer yet from anyone, but Bayern are bracing themselves for Liverpool because that’s the rumour in the dressing room. But we haven’t seen any offer yet and Liverpool have distanced themselves from making a move for Thiago.
“That could just be part of their strategy, but Bayern are more or less resigned to him leaving.
“I think that would be a big blow for them as he’s more or less been running games for them and is an absolute key player in my mind. It’ll be very difficult for Bayern to find a player who is like Thiago, who’s so unique in his technical ability. It’s a blow for Bayern and something that they didn’t expect.
“If Liverpool get him in the summer when the traditional powerhouses on the continent can’t do it, the deal would be an absolute steal for the kind of money Bayern are talking about – £25m.
“He’s only got a year left on his contract, but for a player who’s going to be at his peak for another two or three years, that is a bargain in my book. Whoever gets him is getting an absolute diamond.”
The Liverpool Echo have claimed that Klopp has no interest in Thiago, while TEAMtalk were also told similar last month.
We understood Liverpool had made no attempts to bring Thiago to Anfield. Even though Klopp has previously confirmed he is an admirer of the player.
Klopp though will be looking to replace Adam Lallana, who has joined Brighton on a free transfer.
Whether or not Thiago is the man to replace him remains to be seen, but their position of cooling all talk of a move may well be part of their plan to land the Spain international.