Former Liverpool defender explains how Thiago Alcantara could join for free

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will eventually join Liverpool.

The 29-year-old Spaniard has been linked with a move to Anfield all summer but the ECHO understands that Liverpool are not actively pursuing the Spanish international.

Yet Anfield legend Nicol – now a pundit in the United States – says a ‘compromise’ could be reached to land Thiago this summer or Bayern risk losing him on a free transfer with one year remaining on his contract.

He told ESPN : “Well it’s really in the hands of the Bayern board, if Liverpool don’t come up with a compromise, and I think it was £30million Bayern wanted.

“If they come up with a compromise that suits Bayern, then it’ll happen.

“But if it doesn’t happen in this window, it’s going to happen next summer when his contract runs out.

“I would suggest it’s more in Bayern’s interest to get some amount of money rather than get nothing.

“That way both Thiago is happy and Bayern get a decent amount of money as well. It’s hanging in the balance.

“It’s really down to the board, they’ve got to agree on a price.

“Liverpool have shown they won’t be pushed around by anybody, and if the price isn’t right they won’t take him right now.”

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