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Thiago Alcantara is set to join Liverpool

Liverpool have reached a deal with Bayern Munich for Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

The upfront fee is £ 20million, but add-ons could bring that to a total of £ 27million. These add-ons are based on appearances and winning Liverpool trophies.

Thiago will sign a four-year contract and wear the No.6 shirt at Anfield.

It had initially seemed that any deal would depend on the future of Georginio Wijnaldum, who is also in the last year of his contract with Anfield, but Liverpool have decided to move now.

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Jamie Redknapp believes Thiago Alacantara would add a different dimension to the Liverpool midfielder if he were to join Bayern Munich.

Jamie Redknapp believes Thiago Alacantara would add a different dimension to the Liverpool midfielder if he were to join Bayern Munich.

Thiago helped Bayern win the treble last season, beating PSG in the Champions League final last month in Lisbon.

However, in July Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that Thiago had told the club he wanted a new challenge.

Rummenigge admitted that talks between the player and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic over a new deal had failed as he wanted to leave Germany and said the club would accept a “reasonable price” for him.

Thiago Alcantara with the Champions League trophy

Thiago Alcantara with the Champions League trophy

The Spain international started his career at Barcelona and made his debut for the Catalan squad through Pep Guardiola in 2009 at the age of 18.

He was an unused replacement as Barca beat Manchester United in the Champions League final the following season.

Thiago joined Guardiola again in 2013 when the new Bayern boss took him to Bavaria where he won seven Bundesliga titles and four DFB-Pokal cups.

“Thiago agrees for Liverpool”

Journaliste de Sky Sports News Vinny O’Connor:

“Liverpool’s position throughout the summer was not to sign Thiago Alcantara – that changed a few weeks ago when the suggestion was that they would only try to sign him if someone left, but they didn’t think this was going to happen. happen.

“Now Liverpool have decided to go ahead despite this and they think Thiago is the man for them.

“Jurgen Klopp had also been consistent throughout the summer – Liverpool wouldn’t do business unless a really good opportunity presented itself and a deal was there.

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Jurgen Klopp talks exclusively to Sky Sports about Liverpool’s ‘toughest season’ and transfer market

Jurgen Klopp talks exclusively to Sky Sports about Liverpool’s ‘toughest season’ and transfer market

“It’s a deal Liverpool couldn’t refuse.

“At 29, Thiago doesn’t necessarily fit the FSG model of buying young players, coaching them and increasing their abilities and value, but Thiago’s impeccable quality, combined with his experience on the bigger stage, meant this particular movement. was obvious.

“He’s a here-and-now player, untested in the Premier League, but someone who’s used to playing on the bigger stage of Barcelona, ​​Bayern and Spain.

“The signing should also help solve a problem that Liverpool have recently acknowledged – Trent Alexander Arnold alluded to in an interview a few weeks ago – the game plan needs to change.

“It has been in Liverpool’s mind to change the dynamic in midfield. It is not a matter of age, but they are keen to give the opposition something else to think about now. Liverpool have been playing the same way for quite some time. a few years and Thiago brings them something completely different.

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Good Morning Transfers team agree Thiago Alcantara will provide ‘different dynamic’ to Liverpool midfielder

Good Morning Transfers team agree Thiago Alcantara will provide ‘different dynamic’ to Liverpool midfielder

“The signing of the treble midfielder from Bayern Munich renews this competition for places and tells other players in this position that they need to improve their game again.

“Klopp knew that Leeds would present a real challenge and something different on the opening day of the Premier League season and signing this type of midfielder allows Liverpool to turn things around a bit for themselves and for them. ‘catch other teams. ”

“They’ve now decided to go from a strong position to freshen things up and give the other teams something new to think about. “

Carra: Thiago brings something different

Jamie Carragher de Sky Sports:

“Liverpool have five or six midfielders – they’re playing well because they need the energy in this position – but a lot of the players are quite similar.

“Thiago would be something different – less energetic but more technical – and I think he would be a great addition.

“Liverpool are world class at the top of the pitch, world class in terms of defense and goalkeeper; I think they are top notch in the midfield.

“Something could be added technically and Thiago is a perfect fit, so his fingers are crossed. “

Analysis: how Thiago could transform Liverpool

Adam Bate of Sky Sports:

The commentator was just saying how comfortable Paris Saint-Germain was when it happened. “They are very happy that Bayern have the ball in their half of the field,” he said. But that’s exactly the moment Thiago Alcantara wove his magic, pulling a clean pass between the lines.

The ball was in the back of the net seconds later. The goal was enough to win the 2020 Champions League for Bayern Munich and while goalscorer Kingsley Coman was the official man of the match, Thiago’s role in the team’s triumph was not overlooked.

At 29 and reluctant to sign a new contract, Bayern have realized they may have to sell. Liverpool are now ready to pounce and it’s easy to see why the move might appeal. Jurgen Klopp’s team can do almost anything. But they can’t do what Thiago can do …

Read the full report on what Thiago would offer Liverpool here

Analysis: an astounding CV and pedigree

Adam Smith de Sky Sports:

His CV tells the story. At 29, Thiago racked up 11 league titles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Since his league debut, he has only missed the national crown once – in 2011/12.

If that wasn’t enough, what does Jurgen Klopp care about? The reduced fees of its falling contract are no doubt attractive – but so are its strengths. In particular, his ability to put pressure on his opponents.

Only Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold regained possession of the center third more than Thiago in the Bundesliga last season – and he played 1,055 minutes longer than the Spain international.

Thiago only played 106 minutes in Bundesliga after restart due to groin injury

The Bayern midfielder would also offer an improved dimension to Liverpool’s existing midfielder slice: the ability to run with the ball. His frequency of completed dribbles is exceptional, given that he patrols the central areas of the pitch.

Additionally, the 29-year-old retains possession, despite his forward-thinking will and above-average passing count – with 90.5% passing accuracy, which ranks 21st in the league.

Thiago offers an unmatched pedigree, with 12 years of experience at powerful clubs and new to Spain, while fitting in the mold of a midfielder under Klopp.

Summer transfers – key dates and times

The summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and end at 11 p.m. on October 5.

A window reserved for domestic exchanges between the Premier League and the EFL then runs from October 5 and ends on Friday October 16 at 5 p.m. Follow all the news and analyzes on Sky Sports News and through Sky Sports” digital platforms, including with our Transfer center Blog.

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