Thiago is ‘very sure’ that he is wanted by Liverpool this summer, but persuading the Reds to pay £36m for his services might be a problem, claims Bild’s head of football Christian Falk.
He appeared on a Bleacher Report podcast to discuss various transfers and claimed that Bayern Munich are very keen to sell but Liverpool might not be keen to pay the asking price; it has been rumoured that Liverpool only want to pay £18.1m for a player who is out of contract next year.
It has also been rumoured that he will join Manchester United instead, but that might be designed purely to force Liverpool’s hand.
Falk said: “He didn’t extend his contract and the way he did it was not very gentlemanly.
“I think he will leave but he has to bring a club. He is very sure that he has a club and we know the club.
“But the big question is is the club paying the fee that Bayern Munich is expecting.
“‘We are talking about Liverpool. They don’t want to spend so much money this year and we know why they missed [Timo] Werner.
“If a player like Thiago is on the market, and they need a player in this position, then it is a question of money.
“Liverpool is now the Bayern Munich and Bayern Munich is now City. Some are trying to get the price lower, others are trying to get it higher.
“There have been no negotiations yet. Liverpool will have to pay the price for him and Bayern Munich is doing everything to sell him.
“They don’t want to let him go for free next summer.”