Liverpool Echo transfer blog, 09.25: ‘Thiago Alcantara continues to be linked with a move to Liverpool, as he has done done for the past few months. A fresh report in The Athletic claims that the Spaniard would become one of Reds’ highest paid player, should he move to Anfield.
‘The report states that Thiago would demand a weekly wage of £200,000. Despite being consistently linked with Champions League-winning midfielder Thiago this summer, the ECHO understands he is not a current active target.’
Liverpool Echo correspondent Paul Gorst tweets at 09.33:
— Paul Gorst (@ptgorst) September 17, 2020
Eight minutes is an awful long time in football.
The Liverpool Echo have been saying the exact same thing on Thiago all summer, beginning with this back in July:
‘Don’t be getting Thiago on the back of your new Liverpool shirts anytime soon.
‘We’ve done some digging and the ECHO understands rumours linking the Reds with the Bayern Munich midfielder are unfounded.
‘Makes sense to be fair. He’s 29-years-old, would cost a fair whack, has a dodgy injury record and Liverpool are well-stocked in midfield.’
Fast-forward to September…
‘After those 90 minutes in the European Cup final, those curious as to why Liverpool could hold an interest in a central midfield player despite currently having eight on the books had no further questions.’
‘Overall, as Liverpool move closer to closer to total dominance on the pitch year on year, Thiago’s suitability to performing and thriving on Merseyside increases.’
What happened to ‘he’s 29-years-old, would cost a fair whack, has a dodgy injury record and Liverpool are well-stocked in midfield’, fellas?
They did not see this coming…
The Liverpool Echo were not the only ones given a bum steer by Liverpool, though they are the only ones still parroting the party line just eight minutes before announcing otherwise.
According to ESPN in July: ‘Liverpool sources have told ESPN that there is no interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, despite ongoing speculation linking the former Barcelona player with a move to Anfield. Age, wages, transfer fee and his injury record have all been cited as reasons why the 29-year-old Thiago does not fit Liverpool’s profile.’
And here was Mark Ogden on ESPN in August: ‘It is the transfer story that won’t go away, but of all the summer sagas, Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich to Liverpool is the one that is least likely to happen…for now.
‘Within that league table of “will they/won’t they?” deals, you can include Lionel Messi from Barcelona to Manchester City and the ongoing interest from Manchester United in Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, yet both have a better chance of getting over the line than Thiago signing on the dotted line at Anfield before the Premier League’s transfer deadline of Oct. 5.’
Less likely than Lionel Messi to Manchester City? Ouch.
Even the man who broke the story – James Pearce of The Athletic – was clueless on Wednesday.
September 16: ‘At this stage, sources at both ends are adamant that there have been no negotiations between Liverpool and Bayern Munich over a fee for Thiago. The only contact has been with the Spain international’s representatives. Why? Firstly, I’ve been told that Liverpool would only make a move for Thiago if another centre midfielder was to leave. Finance is also an issue.
September 17: ‘Negotiations have accelerated since Monday after Bayern officials made it clear they wanted a deal completed before the start of the Bundesliga season, which starts tomorrow with the European champions hosting Schalke. The midfielder will sign a four-year contract and wear the No 6 shirt.’
Lesson: You only ever know what they want you to know.
Over at the Mirror: ‘Jurgen Klopp’s comments on Georginio Wijnaldum as Liverpool agree Thiago deal’
‘As’ = Tuesday.
The big question
‘Thiago Alcantara: Liverpool on the verge of beating Manchester United to Bayern Munich midfielder – but where will he play?’ – talkSPORT.
We’re going to plump for ‘midfield’.
Money, money, money
Headline on the football homepage of MailOnline: ‘Liverpool agree £30m with Bayern Munich for Thiago as Jurgen Klopp edges closer to bringing Spanish midfielder to Anfield’
Headline on the actual story on MailOnline: ‘REVEALED: Liverpool will pay just £20MILLION upfront for Thiago as they agree bargain fee – with £5m in bonuses – for the Bayern Munich midfielder, who will sign a four-year deal and take the No 6 shirt.’
REVEALED: Someone at the Mail is really, really sh*t at maths.
DONE (not done)
The tweet was pretty unequivocal.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) September 16, 2020
The deal is so COMPLETED that it’s in CAPITALS.
And yet, what’s this in the third paragraph?
‘There is no indication yet as to when Tottenham – who face Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League on Thursday – will make an official announcement but it will happen once a few minor contractual issues are signed.’
So not COMPLETED at all then. Enjoy those clicks though, people.
The way we were…
Over in The Sun, Dave Kidd is being very sceptical indeed about this Gareth Bale business, amid lots of jokes about ‘The Golfer’.
‘IS Gareth Bale really the man to revitalise Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham?’
Well he might be; he is literally one of the best footballers in the world and no other similarly talented player would contemplate a move to Tottenham right now.
‘Or is his imminent arrival a panic move to take the heat off chairman Daniel Levy?’
It might be both. We hear there are 50 shades of grey.
‘Bale’s loan move is certainly a great box-office story, yet nobody can quite remember whether the man they call ‘The Golfer’ at Real Madrid is still any good at football.’
He literally scored 14 goals in 2018/19 and 21 goals in 2017/18, including two goals in the Champions League final.
If you cannot ‘quite remember’ that then we suggest you download one of those brain trainer apps; use it or lose it, Kidd.
Recommended reading of the day
Adam Bate on Tottenham’s change of system