Liverpool could consider offloading Naby Keita in a bid to fund their move for Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, according to Kicker.
The German magazine suggests that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen on signing the Spaniard, and the player is open to moving to Anfield, but owners FSG are insisting that any purchases must be funded through sales.
It would be a big surprise if Keita was made available for transfer. The Guinean international has certainly struggled with fitness issues during his two years on Merseyside but he looked in fine form after the restart.
Thiago is thought to be valued at around €30m (£27m), due to having just one year left on his contract, so there are certainly other players in the squad that Liverpool could look to offload instead, including Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.
Bayern’s head coach Hansi Flick has, though, added fuel to the fire that Thiago could be leaving the Allianz Arena this summer, suggesting the player would be keen on moving to England.
“I can understand when a player thinks about a move, Thiago played in Spain for Barcelona and in the Bundesliga for Bayern. If maybe he wants to play in the Premier League now, I totally understand.”
“That’s why I would like to have him as a coach on the team for the next few years, but that’s life. It would go on.”