Liverpool are interested in a deal to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich but the clubs remain £13m apart in their valuation of the midfielder.
Thiago has informed Bayern of his desire to leave in search of a new challenge after seven seasons at the club, the midfielder having won seven successive Bundesliga titles – in addition to four German Cups – since moving to Munich from Barcelona in 2013.
Liverpool have emerged as the frontrunners to secure the signing of the 29-year-old and have reportedly agreed personal terms with the Spain international keen on a move to Merseyside, Bild reporting that Jurgen Klopp has approved the deal as he bids to strengthen the newly-crowned Premier League champions.
Bayern’s asking price remains the sticking point at present with the Bavarian’s valuing Thiago at around £36m, however, with the Reds only willing to pay around £23m for a player who has entered the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena.
Klopp’s resources are expected to be limited in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic with the champions having withdrawn from a deal to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig earlier this summer. The German has, however, insisted he will be looking to strengthen his side should the right players become available and the opportunity to sign an elite talent – at a reduced fee – is one the club are keen to secure.
Bayern boss Hansi Flick remains hopeful the star will remain with the club beyond the summer as Bayern currently prepare for the Champions League knock-out stages, though it looks increasingly likely that Thiago will head to English football should the two sides reach a compromise on the fee.
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