Liverpool are interested in signing the Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcântara but have told the Bundesliga club they are not prepared to pay €30m (£27.2m) for the 29-year-old Spaniard, who has one year left on his contract.
Bayern are reluctant to let the Spain international go and have so far not relented on their asking price. They are due to play Lyon in the semi-final of the Champions League on Wednesday and have put all transfer discussions on hold until their involvement in the tournament has ended.
Thiago is keen to join Liverpool, being an admirer of the team’s style of play under Jürgen Klopp. Thiago, whose father is the Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho, and his younger brother Rafinha, who is still at Barcelona, joined Bayern Munich in 2013 from the Catalan club and has made 233 appearances for the Bundesliga champions.
Liverpool are currently waiting to see if Bayern’s stance softens. Thiago is out of contract next summer and unless another club comes in for him this summer, he can sign a pre-contract with Liverpool in January.
Liverpool have made one signing this summer, the left-back Kostas Tsimikas arriving from Olympiakos, the 24-year-old Greece international agreeing a five-year contract and for a fee in the region of £11.75m.