One of the most technically gifted midfielders of his generation is available for a cut-price fee this summer, and it seems nobody wants to take him.
Thiago is out of contract next summer at Bayern Munich and after renegging on a contract extension with the German giants, they have decided that a fee of €30million would be acceptable for the Spaniard.
Reports suggest that the player himself wants a move to Liverpool, with the Anfield side interested but struggling to come up with the money for the deal. But why is nobody else interested?
There have been timid reports about Manchester United enquiring about the player but other than those, there has been nothing else. Barcelona and Real Madrid could always use a player of that quality for a small fee such as that but with COVID-19 still raging, they are strapped for cash.
Juventus are another side who would normally be all over a deal such as this. A top player at the peak of his career who is available for a cut-price and improves their squad. Especially considering the Italian side are reportedly looking to strengthen their midfield area. Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot are reportedly available for transfer away from Juventus, while Miralem Pjanic has been allowed to join Barcelona in exchange for Arthur Melo.
The only logical explanation I can think of is that Thiago only has eyes for Liverpool. If that’s the case, then fair enough. You can’t argue with that. They’ve been the best team in Europe for the last two years and they play a type of football that is exciting but also that he greatly improves too.
If that’s not the case though, then it makes no sense. If he joined the Premier League, Thiago walks in as a Top 5 at minimum central midfielder in the entire league. His phenomenal passing range, great technique and vision mean he’d slot into any midfield in the league seamlessly. While some like to mention his injury issues in the past, I definitely believe they are overstated.
In the last three years, Thiago has made 110 appearances in all competitions for Bayern Munich. In comparison, Paul Pogba has made 103, Donny Van de Beek has made 133 and Toni Kroos and Kevin De Bruyne have made 130 each too. So he’s not crazily far off the amounts of those. He’s also clearly the first-choice midfielder for a team with one of the most stacked midfields in Europe.
His age also shouldn’t be a massive problem. He’s 29 years old and has never been one to rely on his physical attributes. Much like Luka Modric at Real Madrid now, I expect Thiago to still be able to completely dominate games into his mid-30’s.
Everyone should be looking at Thiago for €30million is the main point I’m making here in all honesty. Wherever he ends up, it’s likely to prove to be the bargain of the summer.