Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the ex-Barcelona man and wants to add him to his squad for next season where he will be defending his Premier League crown. Personal terms for a move have been reportedly agreed and it’s all down to negotiations between the two clubs in order to finalize the deal for Thiago.
According to Mohamed Bouhafsi from RMC Sport, the 29-year old has already told some of his Bayern teammates that he will be on the move this summer – in addition to deciding his new home in the North West of England.
The Italy-born Spanish international started his career with Barcelona, where he won four LaLiga titles and a Champions League before moving to Bayern Munich for €25 million in 2013.
He was won the league title in all of his seasons in Bavaria and in doing so earned himself a reputation as one of world football’s best playmakers. Doubts remain, however, over his fitness, with injuries often limiting his time on the pitch at the Allianz Arena.
The latest developments indicate that any deal to bring Thiago to Merseyside is progressing swiftly. The player has only ten months left on his contract with the German champions, who are willing to facilitate a transfer away. Bayern wants to avoid losing the midfielder on a free transfer next summer.
Bayern Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is expecting his club to recoup a fee of around €30 million for the midfield playmaker. Thiago has spoken openly in the past of his admiration for Liverpool. The Spain midfielder has also indicated a desire to play under Jurgen Klopp.
His current boss Hansi Flick confirmed Thiago’s desire to leave and suggested he should join a Premier League side. Speaking to German publication SportBild, Flick said: “As a person and as a footballer, I can understand Thiago. He wants a new challenge, which in my opinion should be the Premier League.”
For Bayern, it’s a shame that the player wanted a new challenge. However, with Leon Goretzka, the void in CM as a result of Thiago leaving will definitely be smaller than initially feared.