Bayern Munich’s former president Uli Hoeness has confirmed that Manchester United and Liverpool both have an agreement to sign Thiago Alcantara.
The Spanish midfielder has reportedly asked to leave Bayern and while Liverpool have been favourites to sign him, reports linking him with a move to United have continued to circulate in recent weeks despite the capture of Ajax’s Donny van de Beek.
Hoeness’s angry outburst will certainly poke the fire in this transfer story. Speaking on the programme Doppelpass via Sport.de, he stated:
‘Thiago had a great offer with us for four years. A few days later he said that he was looking for a big challenge.
‘Apparently he has an agreement with Liverpool and Manchester United.
The revelation that the player has an agreement with both Liverpool and United puts to bed rumours that his excessive wage demands had caused United to cool their interest. It does now sound as if that interest is very much hot and active.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has offered further insights into the developing story, saying: ‘Man Utd spoke with his agents, Liverpool still feeling favourite to sign Thiago because of Klopp pushing… but there’s no official bid yet – waiting for last transfers days to get a lower fee than €30m price tag.’