Liverpool have finally agreed a deal with Bayern Munich to sign Thiago Alcantara midfielder set to sign for the Premier League champions for a fee of €30m.
Thiago has been strongly linked with a move to Merseyside throughout the summer after informing Bayern of his desire to leave the club in search of a new challenge, the 29-year-old having won seven successive Bundesliga titles amongst his honours since moving to Bavaria from Barcelona.
Bayern have consistently valued the player at €30 million (£27m), a fee Liverpool had been reluctant to meet due to financial concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, but The Athletic are reporting that talks between the two clubs ‘accelerated’ this week with Bayern keen to conclude the transfer before the start of the German league season tomorrow.
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The deal will be a huge boost to the champions whose sole business so far this summer was the capture of left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos, with Thiago set to provide an injection of creative quality into the Reds midfield as he prepares to move to the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp is a long-term admirer of the Spain international and was prepared to deviate away from the club’s usual transfer policy to sign Thiago, with personal terms not expected to be an issue now an agreement has been reached between the two sides.
Thiago will join a wealth of central midfield options at Anfield but his passing range will offer a new dimension to an often workman-like midfield trio under Klopp, though it remains to be seen whether any of the club’s current options will now be allowed to depart.
Georginio Wijnaldum had previously been linked with an exit having entered the final year of his contract at the club, with Ronald Koeman interested in bringing the midfielder to Barcelona having previously worked alongside the 29-year-old for the Netherlands national side.