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Thiago ‘hopes to play for Jurgen Klopp’ and next month key to Liverpool transfer

Thiago hopes to play under Jurgen Klopp and next month could be key to the transfer, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. The midfielder is set to leave Bayern Munich this summer having decided that he will not sign a new contract.

While the Spaniard still has one year remaining, Bayern are determined to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year.

The club are therefore keen to protect his value and originally slapped a £31million price-tag above his head.

That has since been decreased to £25m following a lack of interest from other clubs.

Liverpool are well-positioned to complete a swoop should they wish to do so, but ultimately the final decision rests with sporting director Michael Edwards and the rest of the board.

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Klopp would be keen to sign Thiago if the opportunity is there but he is well aware that his midfield options are already stacked.

According to Romano, Thiago’s preference is to move to Anfield but there is no formal offer on the table from the Premier League champions.

“At the moment, the player would like to join Liverpool,” Romano told the Beautiful Game Podcast.

“He would like to change and go to the Premier League, he refused to extend his contract with Bayern Munich.

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“At the moment he is hoping to join some Premier League clubs, at the moment I don’t have any information on Manchester United or any other clubs.

“The only one is Liverpool, because the player would love to join Liverpool.

“He would love to play under Jurgen Klopp as manager, so he hopes it can be a possibility.

“Officially there have been no talks with Bayern Munich and they have received no bids for Thiago.”

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Romano then added that next month could prove key in any deal that would see Thiago leave the Allianz Arena.

That’s because the Champions League will have been completed, allowing clubs to focus primarily on transfer business ahead of the new season.

Thiago is still fully focused on completing the campaign as Bayern take on Chelsea this Saturday, already 3-0 to the good following their win at Stamford Bridge earlier this year.

“We are in August and players are also waiting because we have the Champions League and Europa League so it’s normal to wait some weeks to see what happens,” Romano added.

“September will be a crazy month for transfer market, I think Thiago will leave Bayern Munich but there is no bids from any club. He would like to play with Liverpool but also many other clubs in the Premier League.”

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