Arsenal make contact with Bayern Munich over Liverpool transfer target Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich looks on during a training session at Penha Longa Ressort Sintra on August 15, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Thiago is a wanted man (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have reportedly enquired about the availability of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, with Liverpool facing competition over his signature.

The Spain international, who will be involved in Sunday night’s Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain, looked set for a move to Anfield this summer but a deal has yet to be completed.

He has one year left on his contract with the German giants, who are keen to sell him this summer rather than lose him on a free transfer at the end of next season.

Bayern are demanding £23million for the 29-year-old, which Liverpool deem excessive seeing as they could approach him in January to discuss a Bosman.

With Liverpool stalling over a deal, Arsenal have made an approach as Mikel Arteta looks to add to his squad, according to the Daily Mail.

They also want his price to be reduced.

Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta during the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.
Arteta is interested in Thiago (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)

The Gunners will look to offload the likes of Lucas Torreira and Mohamed Elneny in order to help fund the move.

Per Mertesacker, the head of Arsenal’s academy, warned Thiago he would have to adapt if he moved to Anfield.

‘I can already imagine the transfer, but the midfield axis of Liverpool is set up, Mertesacker told Goal and SPOX. ‘Getting in there is very ambitious, but he’s a top footballer who can play anywhere.

‘He wouldn’t have any problems with the style of play in England either because he’s a well-trained footballer.

‘He has to adapt and sometimes do a 40-metre sprint to hit a central defender, but he can.

‘He has to decide for himself, as it may well be that he won’t play a major role in the first games in Liverpool. There are still a few players ahead of him because of their achievements over the past two years.’

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