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Liverpool Reportedly “Significantly Interested” in Thiago Alcantara

However, interested isn’t anywhere close to actually doing a deal according to reliable reports.

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The German press are absolutely convinced that Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool is all but a done deal and that a transfer will be agreed following Bayern Munich’s Champions League campaign on Sunday.

In England, local outlet The Liverpool Echo seem equally convinced a deal isn’t happening—that the German talk is nothing more than Bayern trying to drive up his price for when he eventually joins a club that isn’t Liverpool.

Today, perhaps, we have a little more nuance for the Liverpool side of things—though it doesn’t seem to bring us any closer to answering the key question of whether or not Thiago’s going to end up at the club.

That’s because in today’s Independent, club-connected journalist Melissa Reddy claims that Liverpool are in fact “significantly interested” in Thiago and that his age, fee, and wages would not put them off a deal.

However, with seven senior midfielders already in the squad—not counting Marko Grujic, who is said to be available should a club show interest in doing a permanent deal for him—there is at present simply no room.

The current line from the club, then, at least according to Reddy, is that Thiago would be an appealing target under the right circumstances but the current squad composition does not provide said right circumstances.

Whether those circumstances might change in the next few weeks is the unknown element, and Barcelona’s supposed interest in Gini Wijnaldum could potentially do just that—assuming there’s any truth to that rumour.

The main takeaway, then, is one that has perhaps been obvious all along: as things stand, and unless Liverpool see a senior midfielder depart this summer, there will be no move to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

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