As rumours regarding a potential move for Thiago Alcântara continue, talk regarding who could makeway for the Spanish international intensifies. Scott Groom (@ScottCGroom) takes a look at fresh gossip on social media suggesting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be used as a makeweight in the transfer.
It’s the transfer saga that simply won’t go away this summer – Liverpool’s alleged interest in Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcântara.
As the window rumbles on, rumours persist around whether Thiago will make the switch and link up with Klopp.Embed from Getty Images
Much of the speculation has surrounded the somewhat uncertain future of Gini Wijnaldum, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona.
Many suggest that someone has to leave Anfield before a move is to be made for Thiago.
But in a fresh plot twist, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s name has cropped up as a surprise contender to bid farewell to Liverpool.
So much attention has been on the future of soon to be out of contract Wijnaldum that little thought has been given to anyone else making way.Embed from Getty Images
But chatter on Twitter over the weekend alleges that Wolves are keen on Oxlade-Chamberlain and have made a bid for England international.
Tottenham and Newcastle are also rumoured to be interested in securing his services in the latest twist in this saga.
Who would you rather lose, Ox or Gini?
It would seem surprising that Klopp would be ‘willing’ to let either Ox or Gini leave given his trust in them.
Many eyebrows were raised when both players were signed, especially considering their price tags.
However, both have become popular and useful players, playing pivotal roles in the European and domestic successes in the past few years.
Both are also fan favourites and clearly valued by the squad and manager as important cogs in the red machine.Embed from Getty Images
However, Wijnaldum is now 29-years-old and has only one year left on his contract with no sight of a new deal on the horizon.
If Liverpool are to cash in on the Dutchman, who will not be short of admirers, surely now is the time.
Considering he would be able to sign a Bosman deal with another club in January, it would make financial sense for him to leave this window.
Ox on the other hand is two years younger than Wijnaldum and only signed a new long-term deal last year.
His longevity in terms of age outweighs Wijnaldum’s – but his injury record is a concern.
Wijnaldum is rarely on the sidelines, highlighting that availability is one of the most underrated attributes in modern football.Embed from Getty Images
Both offer intense work ethic but you could argue that Ox has more of an impact in an attaching sense.
Whatever the case, it’ll be difficult to choose and even more difficult to see either leave.
A necessary evil to land Thiago?
But that is the nature of football – it’s a cut-throat industry.
Neither player would leave on bad terms at all and would always be thought of in the highest esteem.
Yet Thiago is a proven world class performer and provides that cutting edge that is sometimes lacking from both Ox and Gini.Embed from Getty Images
And while he is also 29, to land someone of his quality to replace any outgoing midfielder, it wouldn’t be a bad deal.
Thiago has proven himself in Germany as a stellar performer capable of the pretty and dirty side of the game.
Games like the Community Shield proved that the attacking influence of someone like Thiago show why he’d be a good acquisition.
Plus any funds raised by the sales of Ox or Gini would pretty much fund Thiago’s move, so it might be a necessary evil.
Don’t know what we’ve got til it’s gone
It looks like this is the only way this transfer ever gets over the line.Embed from Getty Images
While there’s a clambering for Thiago’s signing, fans should just remember that we have it pretty good at the moment.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t be looking to improve, because we should.
It might just be that some might not know what we’ve got until it’s gone, as it were, with Ox or Gini.
Appreciate them for what they are while we have them.