By Sam Patterson (@sam0007ster)
Thaigo open to new a challenge?
As soon as a new player is linked with liverpool – especially of Thiago Alcantara’s calibre – Twitter (or more broadly, social media) explodes. And yes you guessed it, there’s already a Thiago compilation YouTube video entitled Thiago Alcantara: Welcome to Liverpool 2020…
You see, one rumour leads to another, and then another and another, and so on. But rumour on top of rumour doesn’t make a potential transfer (in this case, ‘potential’ with a very small ‘p’) any more likely. In fact, it probably just accentuates the fact that it’s a rumour/story without much in the way of substance. Nothing more.
The inference is this: unlikely.
Thiago’s a central midfielder. And, no doubt, very good one. But Liverpool are already blessed with a plethora of midfield players in his position – Hendo, Wijnaldum, Keita among others. His age, 29, is also an important factor. Klopp must be desperate (you’d assume) to start slowly but surely easing in the next generation; the young men primed and patently eager to follow in the footsteps of Van Dijk, Salah and co.
So, logically speaking, this one’s a no go.
Anyway, here’s the story:
As per Kicker, Bayern’s hierarchy are aware of Liverpool’s interest in their player; that’s despite the fact they are yet to field an inquiry. The news follows reports that Thiago – whose current contract expires in 2021 – has already told his teammates that he’s determined to link up with Klopp at Liverpool.
However, the German giants retain hope that the Spaniard will sign a contact extention – that’s if you believe Rafhael Honigstein.
Klopp, conversely, is a big admirer. Back in 2018, when Naby Keita joined the Reds from RB Leipzig, the Liverpool manager claimed only Thiago matched the Guinean’s performance in the 2016-17 Bundesliga campaign. And again in 2019 – following Liverpool’s Champions League RO16 first-leg 0-0 draw against Bayern – Klopp earmarked Thiago as a “world class” performer.
SportBild report that Bayern will not stand in the player’s way if he does indeed feel his time is up. Barcelona, moreover, are also keeping tabs on the £50million-rated Spaniard.
In other news:
- Borussia Monchengladbach are interested in midfielder Marko Gruijic. The Serbian is currently on a season-long-loan at Hertha Berlin, with Monchengladbach reportedly keen to pursue a similar sort of deal for 2020-21. (@MozzartSport)
- The Athletic’s James Pearce suggests Dejan Lovren could remain on Merseyside next season. The Croation’s future – which looked certain to be anywhere but Anfield pre-COVID – is now dependent on whether those interested before the pandemic are willing to splurge substantial capital in a period of financial uncertainty.
- Todd Cantwell anyone? The Norwich youngster continues to make an impression, despite his club’s ill-fortune on the pitch. Cantwell is almost certain to leave Carrow Road this summer with Liverpool just one of many interested parties. (via @David_Ornstein)
- Not usually the most reliable of news outlets, but Mundo Deportivo‘s Miguel Rico asserts that Liverpool have made an offer for Wolves sensation Adama Traore. The pacy, front-footed winger is the subject of widespread interest, culminating in numerous bids from other (for now, unknown) clubs all over Europe. Whether these offers have been tabled, considered, accepted or rebuffed is unclear.
- Brighton rate centre-half Ben White – currently on loan at Championship table-toppers Leeds United – at around the £20millon mark. The young Englishman has two years remaining on his current deal with the Seagulls. Liverpool have been tracking the defender’s progress for some time. (via @PhilHay_)
You’re up to date.