Barcelona have reportedly registered a shocking interest in signing Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara this summer.
According to an exclusive report from El Gol Digital, FC Barcelona is considering a shock move for Thiago Alcantara. It looks like their newly elected president, Joan Laporta, is keen to signal changes after a few difficult years. Although the 58-year-old is primarily looking to extend the contracts of existing stars, he has also spoken out by signing former players.
Currently working in Liverpool, Thiago Alcantara was a member of La Masia youth academy, even making 100 competitive appearances for Barcelona. Sadly, his association with the Catalan giants didn’t last long, as he joined Bayern Munich in 2013, reuniting with his favorite coach Pep Guardiola.
Thiago’s contributions have been integral to Bayern’s unparalleled success in German football under Guardiola, with the Spain international even later winning the UEFA Champions League as well as the treble last season.
Last summer, however, the 29-year-old ended his time at the Allianz Arena, joining Liverpool at the behest of Jurgen Klopp. Unfortunately for him, things didn’t work out well, with the midfielder apparently failing to get used to Klopp’s more direct style of play, where holding the ball for a long time disrupts the flow of the squad.
In many ways Thiago has appeared to be a tactical misfit on the Liverpool side who have woefully underperformed since the start of the year. Barcelona, however, are well aware of his talents, with Laporta keen to secure his services in the upcoming summer transfer window.
It seems the Catalans have identified the former La Masia young graduates as the ideal short-term replacement for Sergio Busquets, who has suffered an obvious decline over the past two years. Thiago could thus form an excellent partnership in midfield alongside Frenkie de Jong.
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The 29-year-old is already quite familiar with Barcelona’s style of play and should find it easier to settle into Ronald Koeman’s setup. However, it could be a tricky task for the Spanish giants to convince Liverpool to offload the Spaniard even if the player is said to be ready to join his former club.
Thiago has two more years on his current contract with Liverpool, and Barcelona may have to end up paying a fortune to the Reds to secure the transfer. This doesn’t bode well for the club given the current financial climate, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this talented midfielder this summer.