Liverpool are desperate to sign 29-year-old Bundesliga midfielder

Although it can often feel like a transfer will inevitably happen, teams will always run the risk of being gazumped if they don’t make things happen quickly enough. Thiago Alcantara has been linked with the Merseyside giants for a while now, but a report has now suggested that Man City have come in with a better offer.

Spain international has worked under Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou and Allianz Arena before so this would make a lot of sense, but you could almost suggest that it makes too much sense.

These situations will invariably lead to a report coming out of nowhere suggesting that another club is going to sign a footballer, so it’s very possible that this is an attempt from Bavarians or Alcantara’s agent to force Reds into action.

In terms of the current situation, the report suggests that Thiago has a deal on personal terms with the Reds, but they haven’t managed to make an acceptable offer to Bundesliga giants yet.

You have to think that Man City would have no issues paying the transfer fee or offering a large wage, so this could be bad news for the Reds. Yet Reds have an embarrassing amount of talent in midfield already, with academy graduate Curtis Jones also set to make a real break into the first team next campaign.

Unless Red Devils, Blues or Gunners show a dramatic improvement then it will be Man City and the Reds battling it out for the title again, and the German tactician will be furious if the Spanish midfielder became a crucial footballer in Man City’s title win next campaign thanks to this dithering.