The future of Thiago Alcantara has been one that has featured heavily in the headlines in recent weeks, and reports have suggested that Manchester United have held talks about a potential move for the Spain international.
The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League champions Liverpool in recent weeks, Jurgen Klopp known to be an admirer of the midfielder, who is also believed to be keen on a move to Anfield following seven trophy-laden seasons at Bayern Munich.
However, in the wake of the global pandemic, Liverpool have already proven that they are unwilling to stretch themselves financially – pulling out of deals to sign Timo Werner and Jamal Lewis – and they have so far been reluctant to meet Bayern’s relatively modest €30m price tag.
Now, according to Fredrik Filtvedt of Norwegian outlet Dagbladet TV, a delay in Liverpool’s pursuit could leave the door open for Manchester United to nip in, saying the Old Trafford outfit have held a ‘dialogue’ with the player – even in spite of the impending arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax – although the player’s wages may be an issue.
“Hear that United – in addition to Van de Beek – are interested in Thiago,” he wrote as part of a series of tweets.
“Liverpool’s financial situation apparently means that they have to sell before they can buy (Thiago). United come late to the party here, but in that sense it is possible to coup Thiago.
Manchester United have been in talks with Thiago.
So far Thiago’s wage-demands are too high.
To be continued https://t.co/BWUq8rgZ4O
— Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) September 1, 2020
“The latest news is that there has been a dialogue between United and Thiago, but that the Spaniard’s wage demands should be too high.”
Manchester United were keen on signing Thiago back in 2013 before his move to Bavaria, and while his quality is still undoubted, there are questions as to how he would fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s well-stocked midfield considering the presence of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and imminent arrival Van de Beek.
Liverpool are still the overwhelming favourites to sign the midfield technician, however, though the Reds will be looking to free up funds through player sales in order to finance a deal.
Georginio Wijnaldum has been one name to be linked with a summer exit, the Dutchman linked with a reunion with compatriot Ronald Koeman at Barcelona – a space potentially becoming available in the Blaugrana midfield following the departure of Ivan Rakitic to Sevilla.