The Spaniard is unlikely to continue with the Bavarians.
Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Thiago Alcantara wants to leave Allianz Arena this summer. The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a summer move to Liverpool. Amidst the speculations, Bayern’s chief has opened up about Thiago’s situation, stating that the midfielder is keen on a transfer at the end of this season.
Bayern’s Cheif said:
“The talks Hasan (Salihamidzic) had with him have always been very productive. And at some point, it seemed that [a new contract] was done.”
“But then Thiago told Hasan some time ago that he would like to try something new at the end of his career. We have to accept that.”
Rummenigge also added that none of the clubs had healthy discussions regarding the transfer of Thiago.
“We have a contract with Thiago that is still valid for one year and if he reaches an agreement with any club then that club should pay a transfer fee of a certain amount,” Rummenigge said.
“No club has contacted us to date and wants to have concrete discussions with us.
“We will only be starting negotiating for their (Thiago and Alaba’s) sale from a certain amount. There will be no summer sales at FC Bayern.”
Contrarily, it was reported earlier that Liverpool had emerged as the front runners to sign Thiago after the Spaniard was said to have agreed on personal terms with the Reds. Bayern are said to be looking around €30m for Thiago, whose contract runs out in a year. Barcelona are understood to have a buy-back option for the 29-year-old, but there is less likelihood for him to join his former club.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has often shown his admiration for Thiago while being tentative on whether the latter could move to Anfield.
“I have no idea who will play for me next year, there is nothing to say at the moment,”
“Thiago Alcantara is a great player, but also a Bayern Munich player. That’s all there is to say. There’s nothing to say!”
As mentioned, Thiago would be available for a negotiable for a fee in the region of €40m, meaning that the Merseyside club can pull the triggers in the transfer window. The Reds have been often known for their shrewd transfer strategy, and Thiago’s addition would help them keep the reputation going forward.
Thiago will be in action when the Champions League football returns next week. Bayern will take on Chelsea in the second leg of the Round of 16 with a formidable lead of 3-0.