Liverpool journalist Paul Gorst has revealed the latest details surrounding a possible transfer move to Anfield for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
This comes after Gorst recently appeared on a special bonus episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red Podcast after it was recently reported by The Athletic that the Merseyside club have agreed to sign the Spaniard for a fee of around €30 million (£27.4 million).
During the episode, Gorst had this to say on the matter.
He said: “The deal is so far not at an advanced stage as understood and the personal terms have yet to be agreed, but the two clubs have finally opened talks over the 29-year-old midfielder, with a deal of around £27 million currently being discussed between those two clubs.
“It’s understood that Thiago is keen to move to Anfield. He’s inside the final year of his contract at the Bavarian club and he’s told them in no uncertain terms that he is expecting a fresh challenge and is looking to move away. At the age of 29, Liverpool are signing one of the best midfielders, one of the most complete midfielders in European football.”
Since arriving at Bayern back in 2013 from Barcelona for a fee of £22.5 million, the midfielder has gone on to make 235 appearances for the German club, in which he has managed to grab himself 31 goals and 37 assists (per Transfermarkt).
The 29-year-old was one of Bayern’s top performers last season after earning himself a season rating of 7.47/10 for his performances in the 24 Bundesliga appearances he made for the club (per WhoScored).
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Given how impressive Thiago was for Bayern in the Bundesliga last season and in their Champions League final victory, it comes as no surprise that Liverpool are trying to work out a deal with the German club to sign the midfielder.
If Liverpool do manage to sign Thiago in the coming weeks, they would be signing a serial winner who has proved he can perform to a high standard in top-quality competitions such as the Champions League, hence Gorst’s labelling of the Spaniard as ‘one of the most complete midfielders in European football’.