Liverpool’s pursuit of the wantaway Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been dealt a massive blow, as Paris Saint-Germain step up their interest in the Spaniard.
Thiago has emerged as Liverpool’s top target for the upcoming transfer window, with Jurgen Klopp looking to inject fresh blood into his midfield line.
The former Barcelona playmaker has already given his consent for a transfer to Anfield, making it clear he has no intention of renewing his contract with Bayern.
With his current deal at the Allianz Arena running out at the end of the next season, the 29-year-old has become a hot property this summer.
Now, as reported by Express Sport, PSG have taken their interest in Thiago to the next level, tabling an initial offer in an effort to push Liverpool out of the race.
The ‘Parisians’ are reportedly ready to meet Bayern’s £27million asking price, which has been the main stumbling block in Liverpool’s attempts to steal Thiago away from the Bundesliga.
After winning a domestic quadruple this term, reigning Ligue 1 champions are looking to strengthen their midfield department in the summer.
Although Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic remains PSG’s primary target, the towering midfielder would command a considerably higher price than the outgoing Bayern star.
Widely-regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe’s top-five leagues, Thiago would be a notable addition to Thomas Tuchel’s side.
With all due respect to Idrissa Gueye and Marquinhos, who have both deputized as deep-lying midfielders this season, Alcantara’s touch of brilliance is something PSG have been crying out for lately.