Liverpool given boost in completing £31m Thiago transfer with rival bid ruled out

Liverpool reportedly won’t have Manchester City to contend with in pursuit of signing Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich this summer. Thiago faces an uncertain future at the Allianz Arena with just a year left on his contract.

It looks increasingly likely though that Thiago will seek a move away from Bayern this summer.

And Liverpool are seemingly in pole position to sign the 29-year-old with reports emerging last week that personal terms on a £31million transfer had already been agreed.

If Thiago is available this summer though, the Spain international would likely attract plenty of interest from clubs across Europe.

Pep Guardiola knows the midfielder better than most, having worked with Thiago at both Barcelona and Bayern.

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The Spanish coach signed Thiago from Bayern when he took charge of the Bundesliga giants back in 2013 with the pair winning three league titles before Guardiola left in 2016.

Now at Manchester City, Guardiola could look at signing Thiago with David Silva leaving the club at the end of the season.

But The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims a move to City “won’t happen”.

He also confirms there is a “mutual admiration” between Liverpool and Thiago but any transfer will come down to whether or not the Reds can afford Bayern’s asking price.

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Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed contract negotiations with Thiago had broken down, but said there had yet been any official talks with Liverpool regarding a move.

“We were negotiating seriously with him and fulfilled all his wishes,” Rummenigge said.

“But it seems that he wants to do something new one more time. Let’s wait and see.

“We haven’t had any contact with Liverpool at all.

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“But if he wants to go there, we have to deal with it.”

Klopp recently refused to be drawn into speculation surrounding Liverpool’s interest in Thiago, but the German coach did admit to being a fan of the Spaniard.

He said: “Would you be surprised if I didn’t answer?

“He’s a good player I like a lot but like many others out there.”

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