Liverpool handed major boost in pursuit of former Barcelona midfielder

Bayern Munich senior figure Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara wants to leave the club.

The 29-year-old star is due to be out of contract at the Allianz Arena next year and been strongly touted as a target for Premier League giants Liverpool.

Bayern are rumoured to be holding out for an offer of around €40m (£36.3m) for the Spain international and, in spite of the player’s desire to leave, Karl-Heinz insists that the Bavarian giants’ hand won’t be forced.

“The talks Hasan [Salihamidzic] had with him have always been very productive. And at some point it actually seemed that [a new contract] was done,” Karl-Heinz told Sky Sports Germany.

“But then Thiago told Hasan some time ago that he would like to try something new at the end of his career. We have to accept that.”

“We have a contract with Thiago that is still valid for one year and if he reaches an agreement with any club then that club should pay a transfer fee of a certain amount.”

Elsewhere, according to The Express, Liverpool are pondering a move for Bournemouth star Lloyd Kelly this summer.

It’s claimed that the Reds were keen on Kelly last summer, but lost out as Bournemouth purchased him in a £13 million deal.

Lloyd showed real promise at Bristol City but has only managed eight PL appearances as injuries hit his season.

The Anfield outfit are thought to have concerns about Kelly’s lack of game time, but still fancy bringing him to Anfield.