Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara still wants to leave the European champions despite their Champions League heroics as Liverpool weigh up £23m move for the Spanish midfielder.
The 29-year-old was a standout performer for Hans Dieter-Flick’s side as the Bundesliga champions ground out a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain to win their sixth European title on Sunday.
The victory in Lisbon signalled an exciting new era for the Germans, with the side boasting a plethora of attacking talent, with Manchester City star Leroy Sane also to join the squad this summer.
However, Thiago’s future in Bavaria has been uncertain, with the former Barcelona star being linked with a move away from the club this summer as the player has just a year left on his contract.
Premier League champions Liverpool have been strongly linked with the playmaker, although it has been reported that the Anfield club are unwilling to meet Bayern’s £23m price tag for the player considering he has just 12 months left of his deal.
And according to German journalist Christian Falk, Thiago still has his heart set on a Bayern exit this summer, and will be a Liverpool player if the English club meet Bayern’s valuation for the Spaniard.
The German club are desperate to keep hold of Thiago, and manager Flick joked in his post-match press conference on Sunday that the midfielder told him he wanted to stay at the club.
‘No, he told me he is staying,’ Flick replied, which was met with a stunned silence by those attending the press conference. But after a moment, Flick burst out laughing.
‘You pulled a brilliant face! No, I just thanked him for our time together, just like I did every other player’ he added.
‘I don’t know and he doesn’t know yet either (which club he will join), because we all focused on this Champions League final. I think we will have to wait for what the following days will bring.’
Meanwhile, BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves has urged his former club to not sell their star midfielder.
‘They have got to keep Thiago, he is so important and he was fantastic,’ he said on Sunday night. ‘Liverpool fans would have been watching that saying “yes please”.’