Thiago Alcantara is desperate to experience the Premier League afterwards with an interest in Liverpool
Wantaway Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara is desperate to experience the Premier League afterward … and seeing Liverpool see a £ 32 million deal, the chance to work with Jurgen Klopp would be a fascinating option for Manchester United’s former target
- Thiago played in LaLiga and the Bundesliga and wants to switch to the Premier League
- Liverpool is not surprisingly interested in the sought-after Bayern Munich star
- His desire for a new challenge was announced by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
- Thiago was connected to England in 2013 and was also confident that he would adapt quickly
- Bayern fans will miss him – he’s shown tenacity and has been a major artist
Thiago Alcantara has always been proud to be a mix of football cultures – the free-spirited flamboyance inherited from his father, Brazilian international Mazinho, and the attachment to order, structure and positional discipline learned in Barcelona and ingrained at Bayern under Pep Guardiola.
It’s no surprise that he wants his club career to reflect the joy of different styles too – he’s done LaLiga and the Bundesliga, aged 29, he’s now desperate for the Premier League.
Liverpool is interested. How can they not be? The fact that he has one year left on his contract, combined with the deflation of the market due to the coronavirus pandemic, will bring his price down. And his desire to play in England will help keep contract negotiations within Liverpool’s understanding of what they should reasonably pay him.
Thiago, who wants to leave Bayern Munich, wants his career to reflect the joy of different styles
He played in LaLiga and the Bundesliga and is desperate for the Premier League
The midfielder was a star performer when Bayern Munich beat Chelsea at the end of February
It remains to be seen whether, following Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s words that the Spaniard plans to leave Germany this summer, there are other participants.
Manchester United showed some interest last year and may have signed him in 2013 as well.
They wanted him when he left Barcelona to the point where Thiago’s then-Spain under-21 teammate David De Gea wrote ‘See you in Manchester’ on the game ball after Thiago scored a hat-trick to win the European Under-21s final that year.
He had no doubts at the time that he would have adapted to the Premier League and now with seven years more experience he is even more convinced.
Liverpool is interested and the fact that he has a year left on his deal will drop the price
Thiago thinks he would have adapted well to the top flight after connecting to Manchester United
He had a somewhat undeserved reputation for frivolity when he first came up in Barcelona, but Guardiola helped channel his talent at Bayern and made sure that everything he did with the ball was in the interest of the team and not just for the gallery.
If Guardiola had stayed in Barcelona, Thiago would have admitted that he probably would have stayed longer. As it was, Pep took him to Bayern.
Now there is a desire to test themselves on the same stage as De Gea, including Juan Mata and Ander Herrera who also played in that all-conquering young Spanish team.
The mix with Jurgen Klopp will be fascinating if Liverpool gives him his wish and signs him. He loves to be on the ball. Liverpool lightning transitions don’t always lend themselves to midfielders who stay in possession for too long.
Bayern fans will miss Thiago – he’s shown tenacity and has also been a standout artist
Thiago plays for his country Spain against Malta in a European Championship qualification last November
Klopp may embrace with a player who offers something different. Especially when he thinks Liverpool should subtly reinvent themselves to stay ahead of rivals ‘trying to work them out’.
Bayern fans will miss him. They admire the tenacity he showed when he returned from three cruciate ligament injuries in 2014 a year ago.
Since then he has been one of their best artists every season. He never shied away from incorporating new ideas to be as successful in Germany as he was in Spain.
He now wants to do the same in England. The partly Brazilian, partly Spanish midfielder wants his partly La Liga, partly Bundesliga career to have an extensive and successful epilogue in England.
The midfielder took the German cup with Bayern Munich on Saturday evening