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Liverpool Unwilling To Pay €30m For Bayern Munich Ace: Should The Reds Change Their Stance?

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The Guardian has recently stated that Liverpool are unwilling to pay €30m for Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara, but remain eager to secure his services. It has been revealed that the Spanish midfielder has just got a year left to run in his current contract with the Bavarian outfit, which could be why the Reds are not prepared to meet Bayern’s asking price for the player. The Guardian has also reported that the Bundesliga champions do not want to part ways with their prized asset, but Thiago is keen on a summer switch to Anfield.

Thiago’s Sensational Impact At The Allianz Arena This Season

The Italy-born midfield maestro is currently playing at a high level and even helped his club set up a semifinal date with Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night. He is now just two wins away from lifting the European Cup once again after already winning the competition during his time at Barcelona.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed another magnificent campaign as the chief component of Hans-Dieter Flick’s midfield. He has been responsible for manufacturing a series of dominant displays for Bayern at the centre of the park. Thiago has managed to get three goals and two assists to his name in 38 matches for the German side across all competitions.

The 37-time Spanish international has taken care of the ball well when distributing it across the field as evident from his pass success rate of 90.5% in the recently concluded Bundesliga season. Thiago has made a positive impact at both ends of the pitch based on his average of 2.2 tackles, 2.0 interceptions, 0.8 shots, 1.0 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per game in both league and European football this term (stats via whoscored).

What Will The Spanish Midfield Ace Bring To Merseyside?

Thiago is a talented passer in midfield and has got the vision to orchestrate some meaningful goal-scoring opportunities in the opposition half. He is a tough-tackling presence in the middle of the park and can even attempt a few energetic runs towards the opponent’s penalty area.

Liverpool unwilling to pay €30m for Thiago Alcantara who is celebrating in the picture
BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 19: Thiago Alcántara of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Olympiastadion on January 19, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Spaniard is always willing to have a strike at goal if given time and space by the opposition to shoot from long range. Even though Thiago’s influence in the final third has reduced considerably over the past 12 months, yet his overall impact on the field makes him a valuable member of Flick’s squad.

Should The Reds Change Their Stance And Meet Bayern’s €30m Price-Tag For Thiago?

A player of Thiago’s skillset and winning mindset will be a fantastic addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad this summer as he ticks all the right boxes as to what Liverpool are looking for in their midfield department. The likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum remain the Merseyside club’s first-choice. Still, the Bayern star is more than capable of fighting with them along with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a starting spot in Klopp’s midfield.

Plus, Thiago could also help the Reds challenge for even more trophies in the coming years, which makes him a wise choice for Klopp to consider during this summer transfer period. However, the Premier League champions cannot afford to overpay by meeting Bayern’s €30m asking price as Thiago will be a luxury signing for them in this off-season.

The Merseyside giants have no immediate need to recruit a fresh face in midfield which will give them some leeway in the negotiation process with the Bavarian club for their gifted ball-distributor. Thus, the Reds would be better of holding their ground and only pay what they seem would be fair for Thiago this summer.

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