Arsenal receive Thiago transfer boost as Bayern Munich chief makes Liverpool confession
Arsenal’s hopes of landing Thiago have been boosted after Bayern Munich confirmed there has been no contact from frontrunners Liverpool. The Spaniard is of interest to the Reds and Manchester City however French reports earlier this week claimed that Arsenal were also in the running.
While that may be hard to believe given their reluctance to pay £45million for Thomas Partey, French transfer expert Patrick Moreau claims that Mikel Arteta has even spoke with the player.
Thiago is set to leave Bayern Munich this summer after deciding not to sign a contract extension with the club.
The Champions League winners do not want to lose a player his quality on a free transfer next summer and therefore want to cash in.
They have already reduced their initial asking price of £31million to £25m because of the lack of interest.
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Liverpool appear most likely to make a move but they still seem hesitant to pay up when Thiago will be available on a free from January, when they can complete a deal for the summer.
Arsenal’s faint hopes of landing the Spanish international have been boosted though after Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed there had been no communication from the Reds.
He said: “We always read a lot about Liverpool, but they haven’t contacted us yet.
“Yesterday we had the appointment with our employees and his whole family was there and they wandered around the square in great nostalgia (at the Allianz Arena), I would almost say. That looked a lot like goodbye, as if he had made up his mind.”
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Bayern boss Hansi Flick had joked that Thiago had told him he’d decided to stay after the Champions League final in Lisbon.
It still appears that he will leave the club before the start of next season.
Jurgen Klopp was pushed by Servus TV for answers surrounding Liverpool’s interest in Thiago.
He couldn’t help but burst into laugher before adding: “There are a lot of interesting players out there, but if someone is interesting for us I can´t say right now.
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“Due to COVID you have to think 5 times about what you can and what you can´t do.
“We always have to pay attention to the financial aspect. We don´t know how much money will come in.
“Nobody knows but it seems like some other teams have a more positive outlook on the future. If you take a look at Chelsea for example, yeah! [laughs]
“But I am very happy with my team right now. If something transfer related will happen we have to see.”
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