Liverpool have reached a ‘general agreement’ over the summer signing of Thiago Alcantara. Better out than in for Man United.
THI FOR ONE
Some people might doubt whether Thiago Alcantara would be “pushing the starting XI” at Liverpool, but not Jurgen Klopp. He sees a supreme midfielder with nine league titles, a Champions League and quite the reputation.
Sure, he has just turned 29 and possesses an injury record that might ordinarily put off most suitors, but Liverpool will not be deterred in their pursuit of ‘one of the few pure playmakers left’.
That comes from Tuttomercatoweb, who claim that while Thiago ‘does not correspond to the company’s standard purchase parameters,’ Liverpool are ‘convinced’ by his excellence. And a ‘general agreement’ between player and club has been reached over a summer move.
All that’s left is for Liverpool and Bayern to decide a price. The latter ‘will not hinder the exit’ but the former might have to cough up a couple more euros. Numbers from anywhere between £31.5m and closer to £50m or so have been mooted for a player in the final year of his contract at the Allianz.
Sticking with Tuttomercatoweb, there is something of an update on the future of one Chris Smalling. Roma are working on both extending his current loan deal to cover the club’s Europa League games, then to sign him again for next season.
Roma managed to negotiate Smalling’s stay until the end of the Serie A season, but that ends on August 2 and they are scheduled to face Sevilla in the Europa League last 16 on either August 5 or 6.
Paulo Fonseca feels Smalling ‘is one of those who can give the team the mentality that is missing’, so they will ‘try to retain’ him for 2020/21.
SOMETHING TO STICK YOUR TAHITH INTO
Perhaps they could move for Tahith Chong, too? StrettyNews intriguing carry quotes from the winger’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, about his immediate prospects.
“We all believe that he has a future there. I think he’s a great talent,” he said. “But he needs to be playing games and if that means going out on loan then maybe that’s something which we need to be talking about.”
Asked directly whether a loan next season was possible, Barnett replied: “I would think so.”
The ball is in the court of Man United, who will be happier to know that Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard have some actual admirers. The apocalypse really is coming.