Out of Germany, out of France, out of Spain. The message is loud and consistent. Liverpool are favourites to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich. Personal terms are agreed. A fee in the €30M region will be hashed out when Bayern’s European campaign ends.
And while there may be concerns—concerns about Thiago’s age and wage and injury record—on the whole, Liverpool fans have had a hard time not getting excited about the possibility of the talented 29-year-old Spaniard joining Jürgen Klopp’s all conquering Reds.
Only that excitement might be a little premature. Because so far, there’s been little on the Liverpool end to suggest the club are interested, and today we have The Echo coming out with their strongest denial yet, saying the club have told them no—on four occasions now.
That’s the story according to the local paper’s Paul Gorst. He says his sources within the club have been “steadfast” in saying that there is “no interest” in the player and that, more than that, he has been told “four times” now that “Thiago is not under consideration.”
This follows on from earlier stories suggesting that, as officials at Anfield see it, this is a simple case of Bayern or the player’s agent using Liverpool to try to get more money out of someone else—much as was the case with the Nicolas Pépé transfer saga last summer.
For those invested in the idea of Thiago joining Liverpool, these latest claims of non-interest may not be enough to kill their dreams, but in all honesty the club not actually being in for the player—due to his age and wage and injuries—seems to us the far likelier possibility.