Bayern Munich have reportedly dropped their valuation of Thiago Alcantara by €10 million, with their new price tag significantly closer to the fee outlined by Liverpool.
That is unlikely to be the case for Michael Edwards, of course, with this seven-week period arguably his busiest, with the transfer window now open and next season due to begin on September 12.
Liverpool are not expected to bolster their ranks on a grand scale this summer, with the club still assessing their financial situation as football edges closer to normality.
But there is a belief among journalists that a move for Thiago could happen—particularly those in Germany, where the 29-year-old midfielder is currently based with Bayern.
The club are already said to have agreed personal terms with the Spaniard, but there had been a standoff between Liverpool and Bayern when it came to the transfer fee.
According to Sport Bild, Bayern’s price tag is now set at €30 million (£27.2m), which is €10 million below their previous valuation—possibly due to their desire to sell before buying.
Bild had claimed that the Munich side were looking for €40 million (£36.3m), with Liverpool only offering €25 million (£22.7m), but this reduction presents a favourable situation for the buying club.
While the fee quoted is still £4.5 million more than the Reds are claimed to be willing to pay, that is a relative drop in the ocean regardless of the current climate.
If Liverpool are serious about signing a world-class midfielder like Thiago, that is unlikely to deter them, though that does not even factor in Edwards’ canny ability to negotiate a deal.
At 29, Thiago would be one of the oldest outfield players signed since Klopp took over in 2015, but he would still be an excellent addition to a title-winning squad.
The player is, by all accounts, eager to move to the Premier League—and Anfield in particular—so if Bayern’s price tag is being cut all signs point towards a bargain signing for Liverpool.
“I have no idea who will play for me next year, there is nothing to say at the moment,” he said.
“Thiago Alcantara is a great player, but also a Bayern Munich player. That’s actually all there is to say. There’s nothing to say!”