Thiago Alcantara looked set to pen a new deal with Bayern München, but he now appears to be leaning towards a summer exit.
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At the beginning of May, it was reported that Thiago Alcantara was set to extend his current deal with Bayern München, which runs until 2021. But as the weeks have passed, nothing has been made official.
His new contract had been negotiated, and all parties were in agreement, but the Spanish midfield maestro hesitated at the last moment, so the talks were put on hold.
As the weeks have gone by, Thiago now appears likely to quit the club rather than sign a new deal, according to Sport Bild.
Thiago and his family feel comfortable in Munich, and he has a good relationship with his teammates and Bayern coach Hansi Flick.
But at the age of 29, the midfielder feels that this is probably the last chance in his career to join another top club.
According to Sport Bild, Bayern are yet to receive an offer for Thiago, but rumor has it that he has attracted interest from Liverpool, whose manager, Jürgen Klopp, is understood to think very highly of him.
While Thiago has been sidelined with a groin injury in recent weeks, the duo of Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich have shone in midfield, so it wouldn't be absolutely necessary for Bayern to sign a direct replacement if he left.
Instead, the German champions could use the money they would get from selling Thiago to sign long-time target Leroy Sané from Manchester City.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola recently confirmed that Sané has turned down a contract extension, because he wants to find a new club.
The German international is widely expected to join Bayern, but the Bavarians have been unable to agree on a transfer fee with Manchester City so far.
Sport Bild claims that the talks have stalled, because Bayern are reluctant to pay more than €40 million for the 24-year-old, who is out of contract next year.