Liverpool and Bayern Munich are expected to reach a compromise in their valuations of Thiago Alcantara, with the two clubs said to be around £13.7 million apart.
The Reds have been continually linked with a move for Thiago in the upcoming transfer window, with speculation mounting in both England and Germany.
With the 29-year-old due to be sold after talks over a new contract at Bayern came to a halt, Liverpool have emerged as the front-runner, despite Jurgen Klopp suggesting it will be a quiet summer at Anfield.
But following reports from Bild that the Reds were hoping to do business at €25 million, which is €15 million short of the Bundesliga champions’ valuation, a deal appeared to be a way off.
The situation is described as a “game of poker,” but the player’s desire to join Liverpool would aid their talks with Bayern.
This could be compared to when the Reds were courting Naby Keita, albeit with a release clause substituted for a contract entering its final year, with the Guinean pushing for a move and ultimately forcing RB Leipzig’s hand.
With Thiago having already said his goodbyes at Bayern—and interestingly, claim Abendzeitung, to both officials at German Football League and various referees—it seems a move is imminent.
Speaking after Wednesday night’s 5-3 win over Chelsea, Klopp predicted a bigger role for both Naby Keita and Curtis Jones next season, though that would not completely rule out a place for Thiago, as an established world-class midfielder.
Perhaps the biggest concern for fans hoping a compromise can be reached with Bayern is the way the club’s protracted pursuit of Timo Werner panned out, with the Reds ultimately pulling out to allow Chelsea to sign the striker.