Liverpool may have to hurry if they want to seal the transfer of Thiago Alcantara with Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick insisting the midfielder remains in his plans for next season.
The Reds have been heavily linked with a move for the Spaniard this summer, with the 29-year-old telling the German champions he would like to leave.
Thiago is entering the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and is available for a cut-price £30million.
Reports have suggested that Thiago would like to move to Anfield, while Jurgen Klopp is thought to be a big fan of his talents.
But with the Reds having to sell before they can buy due to financial constraints emerging from the coronavirus pandemic, they are yet to make a bid.
It is also claimed the the Premier League champions are unwilling to meet the asking price for the midfielder.
And with the new Bundesliga season just around the corner, it seems Flick’s plans currently include Thiago in them.
Bayern host Schalke in their opening game of the new campaign on September 18 as they bid to defend their title.
Flick says he is planning with Thiago and David Alaba, who also faces an uncertain future in Munich.
“The situation is not that easy," he said. “As long as they are in the squad, I plan with both of them."
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville thinks Liverpool should go all out to sign Thiago to try and avoid a drop off from last season.
“It wouldn’t be ridiculous to suggest there will be a slight drop off, if they don’t somehow stimulate that squad by doing something,” Neville said.
“It is a huge emotional drain on the group of players for three years.
“To ask them to go again and achieve that same standard would be a superhuman effort.
Getting them to do the same without amendment to the squad to give them that lift again, that is where signing Thiago would give the big one for Liverpool – to send a message to the rest of the players that we’ve signed one of the best players in the world in that position.
“He is world class and would give them a world-class presence in an area of the field where they don’t have a world-class presence.
They need that impetus to stay where they are. I could be wrong – they could deliver exactly what they did before but looking at history it doesn’t work like that usually.”
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