Bayern Munich offered both Chelsea and Arsenal the chance to rival Liverpool for Thiago Alcantara’s transfer. The Bundesliga giants did so in an effort to create bidding for Spain international, but no other concrete interest ever materialised.
Gunners had been offered the signing of Thiago, but that Dani Ceballos always remained their priority, and the 24-year-old midfielder did indeed end up returning for another loan from Real Madrid for this campaign. Reds will pay an initial fee of €20m for Alcantara, who has penned a four-year deal worth £200,000-a-week with Liverpool.
Reds officially confirmed the capture of the 29-year-old midfielder yesterday, strengthening their already stacked midfield ranks. Spanish midfielder registered three goals and two assists in 40 games across all tournaments last term, the player turned in some particularly fantastic displays once the UCL resumed.
Thiago is a much more creative option than any of Reds other midfielders, with Alcantara shaping up to be a perfect kind of footballer to craft opportunities for Liverpool’ fearsome attacking trio.
Considering that the Reds ran away with the trophy last campaign, it’s surprising to see that top clubs like Chelsea or Arsenal didn’t consider competing with Liverpool for this addition.
Gunners will likely be happy with Dani Ceballos coming back to give them that kind of quality in midfield, but Blues arguably lack a footballer like that and could have done with Alcantara as an upgrade on the likes of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.