Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted to being a great admirer of the Spain international, but Bayern have yet to receive any offers for a man who is reportedly being valued at around €35 million (£31m/$41m).
Bayern head coach Hansi Flick addressed speculation over Thiago’s future before his side’s Champions League win over Chelsea on Saturday, conceding that he is not sure whether the midfielder will still be on the club’s books next season.
If he wants to try again in the Premier League now, I totally understand,” said Flick. “But it would be a shame because Thiago gives our game that certain something.
“That’s why I would like, as a coach, to have him on the team for the next few years, but that’s life. It would go on.”
Thiago only has one year left to run on his current contract with Bayern, and has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool over the past few months.
Rummenigge confirmed in July that the 29-year-old has turned down the opportunity to extend his stay at the Allianz Arena, with it his desire to experience a new challenge away from Germany after seven successful years in the Bundesliga.
Regarding Thiago, it’s known that he told us he wanted to do something new,” the Bayern chief told German publication Bild
“If a club approaches us that is willing to pay a fair transfer fee, we will work on it.”
The news comes as a big encouragement for Liverpool who have shown that they will not be flexing any unnecessary financial muscles in the summer. On two separate occasions, they have backed out of moves due to financial disparities. Kostas Tsimkas‘ move to Anfield was mainly because the Reds refused to match Norwich City’s asking price of €20m for Jamal Lewis.
Whatever Rummenigge meant by “a fair price” will be discovered in the coming weeks and it will be interesting to see if Liverpool will miss out on yet another transfer target due to financial demands.