Sport Bild is suggesting that Manchester City could compete with Liverpool for the signature of Bayern München's Thiago.
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Liverpool could face competition from Manchester City in their pursuit of Bayern München's Thiago Alcantara, according to Sport Bild.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola brought Thiago to Bayern in 2013 and might make a swoop for his former player as he is looking for a creative central midfielder following the departure of David Silva, as per the report.
FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently reiterated that Thiago wants to leave with one year left on his contract and that the Bavarians will let him go for the right price.
"Regarding Thiago, it's known that he told us he wanted to do something new. If a club approaches us that is willing to pay a fair transfer fee, we will work on it," Rummenigge told Bild.
According to Sport Bild, Liverpool would be willing to pay a maximum of €30 million for the Spanish midfield maestro. This isn't 'too far' from Bayern's asking price, but it's possible the Manchester City will offer more if they step into the race for the player.
Under all circumstances, it would make sense for Thiago to join an English Premier League club, according to Bayern coach Hansi Flick.
"I can understand Thiago as a person and as a sportsman. He played in Barcelona and has spent the past seven years at Bayern. Now, he wants to take on a new challenge, which has to be in the Premier League in my opinion. This would fit into his career path," Flick said in an interview with Sport Bild.