Didi Hamann has backed Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago to move to Liverpool this summer, believing that is the ‘most likely option’ for him.
Thiago has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield this summer, with it believed the Reds are close to securing a bargain €30m deal.
The news about a potential switch came out of nowhere, but reports claimed he was eyeing up the chance to play under Jürgen Klopp at the new Premier League champions.
Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added fuel to the fire earlier this month when he suggested the Spaniard was ready for a new challenge.
There’s been little comment about a potential move since then, although it has been claimed he may be using Liverpool as a means to secure a new, improved deal given his contract at the Allianz runs out next summer.
Whether that proves to be the case remains to be seen, but Hamann believes a move to Liverpool is his most likely option, even though he doesn’t fit their usual transfer policy.
“At 29, he doesn’t quite fit the profile of the Reds’ purchasing policy,” he told Abendzeitung.
“Nevertheless, a transfer would make sense in my eyes, because Jürgen Klopp has more workhorses in his midfield with Henderson, Fabinho and Keita and could use a filigree technician like Thiago well.
“On the other hand, he had a Bavaria contract ready for signature. I would be surprised if he didn’t have a lot to offer. Otherwise, you won’t reject it.”
“That (€25-30m) would be a very good deal in Corona times, Liverpool certainly wants to keep the price down.
“Thiago certainly has brilliant moments; I like to watch him. But the hard facts are: Bayern was never in a Champions League final with him.
“The bottom line is still the most likely option for me is that he goes to Liverpool.”