Liverpool agrees personal terms with Thiago Alcantara

Liverpool are reportedly close to the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

The 29-year-old, who has just ended his seventh campaign with Bayern Munich, will be out of contract with the German side next summer.




According to Sport, an agreement between Thiago and the Reds is already in place and the Premier League champions must now discuss a transfer fee with Bayern Munich.

The report claims that the Bundesliga champions are demanding a £31.5 million fee for the Spaniard. But, Liverpool want to avoid paying in one lump sum and they want to fund the move in instalments.

Thiago played 35 matches for Bayern this campaign but has only has two appearances since the Bundesliga restarted due to a groin issue.

However, he is now fully fit and is expected to play in Bayern Munich ’s DFB-Pokal final against Leverkusen on Saturday.




Meanwhile, Klopp has said that Liverpool’s aim is to give more chances to their academy players next campaign instead of making several new signings.

‘It is not a squad you have to change now and say ‘OK, we need this position and this position’,’ the Liverpool manager said this week.




‘If you are a football supporter, you want a backup for him and him, even if you are completely happy with everyone, you want backups.

‘We don’t have a first XI, I say we have a first 16 or 17, they can all play to the same level. But we have to use this, 100 per cent.

‘And what we want to create are our transfers internally. ‘We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we want to or we think it is nice to do. We never wanted that.

‘We want to strengthen this squad and this squad is strong. The problem with a strong squad is how do you improve a strong squad on the transfer market?



‘It works with money, obviously, that is possible. But it never works only with money. You have to be creative and we try to be creative. We try to find solutions internally.

‘And there is still a lot to come. We have three or four players who can make big, big steps. All players can make steps and that is the pressure we make as well, internally.’

JB

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