Liverpool have reached a ‘general agreement’ with Thiago Alcantara over a transfer which would see him swap Bayern Munich for Anfield. The Reds are keen to add the Spaniard to their ranks and now need to negotiate a fee with the Bundesliga champions.
The 29-year-old would not be the usual sort of signing Jurgen Klopp would look to make.
But with Adam Lallana leaving and youth players coming through the ranks, Thiago would provide some much-needed experience.
The former Barcelona man made 24 Bundesliga appearances this season as Bayern wrapped up another title ahead of their rivals.
And Tuttomercatoweb now claim Liverpool have reached a general agreement with Thiago over a summer switch to Anfield.
With the player entering the final year of his contract the Reds have seized the opportunity to make their move for the impressive midfielder.
Bayern will not stand in the way of the player but will make sure they get the fee they feel Thiago is worth.
At the minute the two clubs are quite a long way apart on their valuation of the player but a lot could happen with the summer transfer window likely to be extended until October.
Liverpool boss Klopp has underlined how difficult he expects it to be to make signings in the current climate though.
He said: “Are there players out there on the market who could help us as well? Probably, yes.
“This is the challenge for us, to improve a really good football team.
“But the time is a challenge as well. Nobody knows exactly what the future will hold for us, for all of us, so how can we make really expensive decisions about how we will deal with it?
“This team is how it is but that doesn’t mean we will not strengthen, we don’t want to strengthen.
“If we have to and we have the opportunity and we have the financial resources then it will always happen and we will always try.
“But at the moment it’s really, really a difficult time and this team makes pressure on each other by themselves internally. Training quality is really important and high.
“This is a difficult year for all football clubs in the world and I don’t think it’s a time where we talk about transfers like the rest around us did not happen.
“It’s just not possible, at least not for us. We cannot do it like this, other clubs maybe can, but this club is [operating] in a specific way.