Earlier today, Sport1 reported Liverpool have ‘already reached an agreement’ with Thiago Alcântara and are the ‘top interested’ club for the Bayern Munich midfielder.
According to SportBild, the ‘concern for Liverpool’ now is that Manchester City have joined the race for the 29-year-old.
It’s claimed Jürgen Klopp remains convinced about the Spain international, but there’s doubts if the Reds have the financial resources to complete his signing.
The Merseyside club are willing to pay a maximum fee of around €30m and the figure is not far from the Bavarian club’s demand.
City are now ‘interfering in poker’ and are ‘offering more’. It’s not clear if the Etihad club are ready to offer more to Bayern, the playe or both.
Pep Guardiola trained his compatriot at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and it was the Citizens manager who signed Thiago for the Bundesliga winners in 2013.
The German magazine adds Guardiola ‘remains convinced’ of the player’s qualities, even though the relationship between the paid ‘cooled down’.
SportBild end their report by suggesting City are looking for David Silva’s replacement in the market and they are ‘financially strong’ enough to complete Thiago’s signing.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted Thiago could “join a top club in England”, but wasn’t specific about the destination.
For a while it’s felt like the German media have been using Liverpool to flush out other interest for Bayern Munich, and it could be the same with Manchester City.