Liverpool chances of making Thiago transfer bid ‘depend on’ future of one player

Liverpool will only make a bid for Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara if a position opens up in midfield. According to transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth, the Reds have yet to approach Bayern to discuss a deal involving Thiago, who appears keen to leave the Treble winners.

Sheth added that the Merseysiders won’t make a move unless they lose a midfielder as they are not keen on spending €30million (£27m) for a 29-year-old who will be out of contract in less than a year.

Reports suggest, though, that Georginio Wijnaldum may leave the Premier League champions as Barcelona are keeping tabs on the Netherlands international.

If Wijnaldum decides to depart from Anfield then Liverpool could indeed turn their attention to Thiago.

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Sheth told Sky Sports: “It is clear that he has told Bayern Munich that he wants to leave, there was a contract extension on the table for him to sign and at the last minute.

“He decided not to sign that and he is out of contract next summer.

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“He has told Bayern that he wants a new challenge and a lot of people think that will be in the Premier League, specifically at Liverpool.

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“Although we know that Barcelona are also interested, which is an option for him.

“As far as Liverpool are concerned, our understanding of the situation is that these stories are being driven from the German side of any potential deal.

“Liverpool have not made a move for him yet and if they were to make a move, it would depend on a midfielder leaving.

“Of course, a lot of people think Gini Wijnaldum could be on his way to Barcelona to link up with Ronald Koeman but the information we have is that Barcelona have not made an official approach, although they are very interested in signing him.

“But there’s no way Liverpool are going to pay €30m for a 29-year-old who will be out of contract in nine or ten months.

“He’s a player who they could speak to in January to sign a pre-contract agreement with him so if Liverpool want him as much as people in Germany are saying they do, from Liverpool’s point of view, there’s always the option that they can wait until next summer.

“There’s no burning need to get Thiago in now.”

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