Liverpool, Man Utd and Thiago accused of attempting to blackmail Bayern Munich into cut-price deal

Liverpool, Manchester United and Thiago Alcantara have been accused of trying to blackmail Bayern Munich into accepting a cut-price deal for the Spanish midfielder by the club’s former president, Uli Hoeness.

Liverpool have been the favourites to land the former Barcelona man all summer, though have so far been unwilling to meet the European Champions’ €30 million asking price.

Manchester United have also been linked with a move for the 29-year-old, recent reports suggesting that the Old Trafford outfit have been in contact with the players agent, though are yet to contact the German giants.

Uli Hoeness, who retired from his role as club president last November, reckons the two English sides and Thiago’s representatives are going to wait until closer to the transfer deadline on October 5th in order to attempt to drive the price down for a midfielder who would be available to leave for free next summer.

“It is a difficult situation,” he told German outlet Sport1.

“A while ago we agreed on a new four-year contract. Some days later he said: ‘I’m looking for a new challenge.’ Which is totally okay.

“I think he obviously has an agreement with Liverpool or Manchester United or both of them. Now both clubs are bluffing, and no one has contacted Bayern Munich officially.

“From my point of view, that has no style. They’re trying to blackmail us, by waiting until the last week, when they’re going to make a cheap offer.

“In that case FC Bayern have to ask themselves the question: do they want to go along with that or do they tell the player that he has to stay. It’s going to be a hot three weeks until [the transfer window closes on] October 5.”

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