Bayern Munich: Arsenal join the race for Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Thiago Alcantara, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara linked with a move to Arsenal.

After the final against Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich could once again accelerate the transfer business for next season. The German champions completed three signings during the break after the conclusion of the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal in June.

Die Roten is reportedly looking to add a midfield and right-back to the squad. The recent reports suggest that the German club would also open talks with Inter Milan to sign Ivan Perisic permanently. It will be a busy few weeks for outgoings too with Thiago Alcantara is likely to be the high profile departure this summer.

The Spanish midfielder looks destined to joining a Premier League club as he reportedly rejected a new contract from Die Roten at the last moment. Hansi Flick has also insisted that Thiago wants a new adventure, so a move to England makes sense.

Liverpool has been heavily linked with a move for Thiago. The reports in Germany suggested that the former Barcelona midfielder has already agreed to personal terms with the Premier League champions. However, a new English club has joined the race for the Spanish midfielder.

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According to Daily Mail, Arsenal enquired about Thiago regarding a summer transfer. This report insists that Liverpool is hesitant about the transfer fee demanded by Die Roten, which is around €30 million. Arsenal would also like the German champions to reduce the asking price for the transfer to happen.

Thiago has been instrumental for Die Roten this season in the Bundesliga and Champions League. They were keen on handing him a new contract, but after Thiago’s rejection, the club does not want to lose the Spanish midfielder for nothing next summer. In an ideal scenario, Rekordmeister would like a bidding war for Thiago.

Moving to Arsenal will be a new adventure for Thiago. However, he will not be able to play in the Champions League next season. The Gooners are set to play in Europa League despite finishing eighth in the league, but a FA Cup win secured European football for next season. In his peak years, Thiago would like to play in top European competition.

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It will be sad to see Thiago leave the club this summer after enjoying a successful seven-year spell at the club. There would be more news regarding his transfer in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to see how Bayern wants to replace him. Meanwhile, the German champions are optimistic about keeping David Alaba for next season.