Arsenal make approach for Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara and two sales can fund move
Arsenal are interested in signing Liverpool transfer target Thiago Alcantara.
According to reports, the 29-year-old wants to find a new challenge after Bayern Munich take on PSG in the Champions League final on Sunday, and he could end up with the Gunners.
The former Barcelona midfielder has won seven consecutive Bundesliga titles during his time in Germany after winning both La Liga and the Champions League during his time at the Camp Nou.
A move to Liverpool looked almost certain after Jurgen Klopp admitted his admiration for the player, but their lack of action seems to have altered their Premier League rivals.
The Daily Mail have reported that Arsenal have enquired over the future of Thiago ahead of what is likely to be his final game for the club in Portugal on Sunday evening.
They add that Liverpool are reluctant to pay Bayern’s asking price of £23m, given the player would be available to discuss terms over a free transfer as soon as January.
That has given Arsenal the chance to swoop in, but they would also need to raise funds by selling at least two other midfielders before talks can progress – with Lucas Torreira and Mohamed Elneny being considered.
The report adds that even if that is the case the Gunners would need the price to be reduced, despite their FA Cup final winning securing a return to the Europa League next season.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said of the midfielder last month: ”We negotiated seriously with him and fulfilled all his wishes.
“But it seems that he wants to do something new towards the end of his career.
“We definitely didn’t have any contact to Liverpool at all. If he wants to do that, we have to deal with it.
“We don’t want to lose any player next year for free. I can say it that clearly.”
With Mikel Arteta saying about his summer plans back in June: “We have to put a plan to improve our squad, that’s first, fulfil the ambitions that we have, have the right players to support the talented young players that we have.
“They are still in the very early stages of their development and we have to know that, but we don’t have time.
“The demands of this football club are huge and we cannot stay still. We have to change things, we have to improve them.
“The most important thing is not about keeping [players], it is about improving them, convince them of what we are trying to do and get them performing and winning football matches.”