Liverpool set to sign Thiago as Bayern Munich midfielder agrees move


Thiago has reportedly agreed to join Liverpool (Getty Images)

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to reports in Spain.

The 29-year-old, who has just ended his seventh season with Bayern Munich, will be out of contract with the German champions next summer.

According to Sport, an agreement between Thiago and Liverpool is already in place and the newly crowned Premier League champions must now negotiate a fee with Bayern.

The report claims that Bayern are demanding a €35 million (£31.5m) transfer fee for the Spain international.

Liverpool, meanwhile, want to avoid paying in one lump sum and their preference is to fund the move in instalments.

Bayern Munich are demanding a £31.5m transfer fee for Thiago (Getty Images)

Thiago has made 35 appearances for Bayern this season but has only featured twice since the Bundesliga restarted due to a groin problem.

However, the midfielder is now fully fit and is expected to play in Bayern’s DFB-Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Klopp has indicated that Liverpool’s aim is to give more opportunities to their academy players next season instead of completing several new signings.

‘It is not a squad you have to change now and say ‘OK, we need this position and this position’,’ the Liverpool manager said this week.

‘If you are a football supporter, you want a backup for him and him, even if you are completely happy with everyone, you want backups.

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not spend big this summer (Getty Images)

‘We don’t have a first XI, I say we have a first 16 or 17, they can all play to the same level. But we have to use this, 100 per cent.

‘And what we want to create are our transfers internally.

‘We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we want to or we think it is nice to do. We never wanted that.

‘We want to strengthen this squad and this squad is strong. The problem with a strong squad is how do you improve a strong squad on the transfer market?

‘It works with money, obviously, that is possible. But it never works only with money. You have to be creative and we try to be creative. We try to find solutions internally.

‘And there is still a lot to come. We have three or four players who can make big, big steps. All players can make steps and that is the pressure we make as well, internally.’

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