Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Thiago can leave for a ‘fair’ price this summer amid speculation Liverpool are interested in signing the midfielder.
The 29-year-old has won seven back-to-back Bundesliga titles since swapping Barcelona for Bayern back in 2013 but has entered into the final 12 months of his contract at the Allianz Arena.
Thiago’s talks to extend his current deal stalled as the coronavirus crisis brought German football to a halt in March and the Spaniard has decided he’s ready for a fresh challenge.
Jurgen Klopp has made no secret of his admiration for Thiago down the years and reports last month claimed the playmaker deep-lying playmaker had agreed personal terms with the newly-crowned Premier League champions.
But the Reds are yet to reach an agreement with Bayern and Rummenigge insists the club have no plans to let Thiago leave on the cheap.
‘Regarding Thiago, it’s known that he told us he wanted to do something new,’ the Bayern CEO told German publication Bild. ‘If a club approaches us that is willing to pay a fair transfer fee, we will work on it.’
Earlier this week, Rio Ferdinand picked out Thiago as Klopp’s ‘dream’ signing ahead of Liverpool’s title defence but suggested the Spain international wouldn’t necessarily be guaranteed a starting spot on Merseyside.
‘Great signing,’ the former Manchester United and England defender told BT Sport. ‘He is a conductor, somebody who controls the tempo of the game, he’s got a wing mirror so he can see behind him, can see all angles, play every pass in the game.
‘Intelligent player, he speaks the language which is an important part of it as well. ‘He’d be a dream to have for someone like Liverpool. He’s the type of player they probably haven’t got.