Liverpool have been strongly linked with Bayern Munich ace Thiago Alcantara in recent days, and Guillem Balague has offered some information on the situation.
Last Thursday, just minutes after Liverpool had lost 4-0 at Manchester City, reports broke in Spain of Thiago’s move to Anfield being close.
Catalan newspaper SPORT claimed that negotiations were ‘very advanced’, and that Thiago was Merseyside-bound this summer.
Liverpool allegedly still had some work to do on the fee, as they wanted to pay a £32million price tag in instalments rather than the up-front payment Bayern wanted.
The 29-year-old won the DFB Pokal last weekend, and many believe that was his final game for the club ahead of moving to Liverpool.
Now, Balague has admitted that Thiago is indeed leaving Bayern this summer, and has decided that he wants to move to the Premier League.
Balague added that a move to Liverpool currently seems unlikely, because they’re still planning not to spend on new signings this summer in light of the global pandemic.
Balague even claims that Arsenal – managed by Thiago’s compatriot Mikel Arteta – and Manchester United are in the mix too, and seem more likely than Liverpool right now.
“Thiago is leaving Bayern Munich; that’s the first thing to say,” said Balague. “That has been confirmed by three different sources, so he’s leaving Bayern Munich. I’ve been told that he will go to the Premier League – that’s what he wants. Either Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal, that’s what he wants.”
“Liverpool, I’ve been asking and what I’m getting is that it doesn’t match the plan, and the plan is no spending this summer – especially for a player in a position where they have lots of players already. Bayern Munich and Liverpool have not spoken about Thiago, what I’m getting is that Liverpool are still thinking of not spending, and they don’t think he is going to go to Liverpool. Then you’ve got Manchester United or Arsenal, so we will have to see,” he added.