Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago is reportedly nearing his departure from Germany – with a summer transfer to Liverpool on the cards.
Thiago, the 29-year-old Spain international, moved to the Allianz Arena in 2013 and has been a serial winner in the years since.
Each of his seven campaigns playing for Bayern have culminated in Bundesliga successes, while Thiago has also claimed three DFB-Pokals and also the Club World Cup in 2013.
But with just one year remaining on his contract with Bayern, Thiago is allegedly on the hunt for a new challenge – and the Premier League is a possible destination.
According to Sport, Liverpool are in ‘very advanced’ negotiations with the midfielder over a move to Anfield at the end of the 2019/20 season, with Jurgen Klopp already aiming to improve his squad who were only crowned Premier League champions last week.
Although the Bundesliga campaign has finished, Bayern’s season will not end until after they’ve played the DFB-Pokal final on July 4, and also completed their Champions League campaign which resumes in August with the second leg of their round-of-16 tie against Chelsea.
Thiago is expected to play a key role in the final stages of both competitions, but he remains in talks with Liverpool over a possible switch to Merseyside.
The only issue holding the deal up is Liverpool’s desire to reach an agreement with Bayern which will mean they won’t have to pay the £32m (€35) asking price for Thiago in one go.
Despite the budget fee for a serial winner with plenty of experience and incredible talent, Liverpool hope to either reduce the price or work out an ‘imaginative formula’ to make the payment.