Manchester United ready to hijack Liverpool’s bid to land long-term target Thiago Alcantara as they ‘make contact with midfielder’s adviser’ despite closing in on £40m capture of Donny van de Beek
- Thiago Alcantara is preparing to exit Champions League winners Bayern Munich
- Liverpool have appeared in pole position to get him but are yet to make an offer
- Reports in Germany say Manchester United have contacted the player’s adviser
Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Thiago Alcantara’s adviser as they look to beat Liverpool to the signing of the Bayern Munich midfielder.
German outlet Bild report that while United have not made an offer for the Spaniard, there has been contact between the club and the player’s representatives.
Liverpool have been viewed as favourites to land the 29-year-old after he told Bayern he would be leaving following their Champions League success in Lisbon last month.
Thiago Alcantara is generating interest from Premier League sides as he looks to leave Bayern
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his side credited with interest in Germany
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the player but they have yet to make a move
But United, despite the imminent £40million arrival of Dutchman Donny van de Beek, have been credited with an interest in the former Barcelona man.
Bayern boss Hansi Flick revealed on Wednesday that he has not spoken to Thiago since the final as he believes the player is set on leaving.
‘I assume he will leave,’ Flick told Bild. ‘We were completely focused on the Champions League, and his contract wasn’t an issue in the past few weeks.
‘We haven’t had another conversation now, but I think his decision has been made.’
Thiago (right) has a year left on his deal in Bavaria but has informed Bayern he will not extend
Manchester United are closing in on adding £40m-rated Donny van de Beek to their midfield
Bayern have set a £29m price tag on Thiago, a figure Liverpool or United are yet to meet, but the German and European champions accept the player wants to depart for a new challenge.
Thiago is out of contract next summer and with no desire to renew, Bayern will look to cash in so as to avoid losing him for nothing in 12 months.
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Welt Am Sonntag at the weekend: ‘We are expecting an offer from another club in the next few days. He told us that at the end of his career, he would like to try something new.’
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a plethora of options in midfield that will only grow with the arrival of Van de Beek.
And while it is not a priority area of improvement for his side, Thiago is considered among Europe’s finest in that position and would prove a quality addition, with Solskjaer looking to build on the club’s third-placed finish in the Premier League last season.
Georginio Wijnaldum could hold the key for Liverpool with reports in Spain on Wednesday claiming that he has agreed personal terms on a switch to join Barcelona this summer
For Liverpool, they need to sell before moving for Thiago and Georginio Wijnaldum could hold the key. The Dutchman, who is also in the final year of his contract, has reportedly agreed personal terms to move from Liverpool to Barcelona this summer.
Wijnaldum is willing to swap England for Spain despite being a key man under Jurgen Klopp last term and discussions between the two clubs have already begun, according to Sport.
The report claims that Barcelona are prepared to offer no more than £18m for the 29-year-old. But a free squad place and money to put into a replacement could see Liverpool take control of a Thiago pursuit.
Thiago has been at Bayern since 2013 and has enjoyed much success at the club, winning the Champions League, seven Bundesliga titles and four German Cups.