Liverpool have reportedly already tabled an offer worth £22.7million to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich with personal terms all agreed. The Spain international faces an uncertain future at the Allianz Arena with just one year left on his contract.
All signs were previously pointing towards Thiago signing and extension at Bayern earlier this summer, but the midfielder suddenly changed his mind.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed in July that Thiago was seeking a new challenge ahead of the summer transfer window.
Since then, Liverpool have been regarded as the frontrunners for his signature.
Thiago is said to favour a move to Anfield to link up with Jurgen Klopp.
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But any move from the Merseyside outfit seems intrinsically dependent on the future of Georgino Wijnaldum.
The Liverpool star similarly has just one year left on his contract with Barcelona showing a strong interest in signing him.
Wijnaldum was Klopp’s most-used midfielder last season and Thiago would be expected to take his place in the starting line-up.
But the sticking point for Liverpool has so far been Bayern’s £27m asking price.
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However, according to transfer expert Constantin Eckner, Liverpool are now pressing ahead with negotiations to sign Thiago.
It is claimed that there is already an agreement between Liverpool and Thiago regarding a contract.
And he adds that Liverpool have also tabled an offer worth £22.7m to test Bayern’s resolve.
It remains to be seen whether that would be enough for Liverpool to sign the 29-year-old.
But Bayern know they risk losing Thiago for free next summer, meaning negotiations may go down to the wire.
The German side begin the defence of their Bundesliga title next week and Bayern boss Hansi Flick is currently planning to have Thiago available to him, along with David Alaba.
“The situation is not that easy,” he said.
“As long as they are in the squad, I plan with both of them.”
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