Liverpool transfer target Thiago Alcantara has been warned that he will unlikely come in as a starter if he joins from Bayern Munich. Liverpool had been expected to spend big this summer on new recruits prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
Timo Werner was the club’s top target but the financial implications from the COVID-19 crisis forced a change in their approach to the transfer window.
Both Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have since left the club with Kostas Tsimikas joining as cover for Andy Robertson.
But reports in Germany have strongly suggested Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Thiago from Bayern Munich.
The midfielder has one year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena and has reportedly made it clear that Anfield is his favoured destination.
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It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will meet the £30million valuation Bayern are asking for Thiago.
Former Arsenal and Germany defender Per Mertesacker believes the 29-year-old would fit in perfectly to Jurgen Klopp’s system.
However, he doubts Thiago would come straight into the starting line-up.
“I can already imagine the transfer, but the midfield axis of Liverpool is set up,” he told Goal.
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“Getting in there is very ambitious, but he’s a top footballer who can play anywhere.
“He wouldn’t have any problems with the style of play in England either because he’s a footballer who has been coached well.
“He has to adapt and sometimes do a 40-metre sprint to hit a central defender, but he can.
“He has to decide for himself, as it may well be that he won’t play a major role in the first games in Liverpool.
“There are still a few players ahead of him because of their achievements over the past two years.”
Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum were the preferred trio in midfield last season.
But a decision is still to be made on Wijnaldum’s future with no progress on his contract situation.
The Holland international has just one year left on his contract at Anfield.
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