Bayern Munich chief confirms Thiago Alcantara wants to leave club as Liverpool close in on £32m deal for

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ANFIELD BOUND? By Oliver Dawnay 3rd July 2020, 9:56 pm Updated: 3rd July 2020, 10:10 pm Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Thiago Alcantara wants to leave the club this summer. Earlier on Friday, reports suggested Liverpool were closing in on a £32million deal to sign the playmaker, whose contract at the Allianz Arena expires at the end of next season. GETTY OMAGES Thiago has made 230 appearances for Bayern since his move from Barcelona in 2013 The 29-year-old, who is a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, moved to Bayern in 2013 and has been a serial winner in the years since. Speaking to Bild, Rummenigge said: “He is a top boy on and off the pitch. ”We had serious negotiations with him and fulfilled all of his wishes. But it looks like he might want to do something new again at the end of his career. ”We don’t want to lose him for free. “We never had any contact with Liverpool. If he wants to go there, we will have to deal with it.” Liverpool fan fuming after 4-0 defeat to Man City: “If we play like that next season we’ll be lucky to make the top-four!” goss Arsenal news live: Ex-star offered to Spurs, Arteta’s plea to board over Aubameyang news Spurs reject Ndombele-Ramsey swap bid, ex-Wigan chief ‘devastated’, Whyte exclusive Joy of six Premier League and EFL on talkSPORT: All the games you can listen to live news Man United news live: Pogba and Fernandes ‘clash in training’, Sancho claim blow Man United stars Pogba and Fernandes doubts for Bournemouth clash after ‘collision’ all to play for Portsmouth held by Oxford in first-leg of League One playoff semi-final changes Solskjaer set to rotate team for Bournemouth clash, with Ighalo in line for start SETTLING IN Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli signs new ‘long term’ deal with Gunners deal close? Man United ‘agree personal terms’ with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho big calls Managers must be given say in talks to improve VAR, claims Chelsea boss Lampard Rummenigge also revealed that Bayern have no intention to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, who has strongly been linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks. He added: “I’ll be very clear: We won’t be financially able to sign Havertz this year. Not just FC Bayern, but all of Europe are currently facing major financial challenges as long as it is not possible to play in front of spectators again. “[Whether he goes abroad] is a decision that Bayer Leverkusen and the player have to make. To be honest, I’m the same as Rudi Völler as I hope Havertz stays in Leverkusen for at least another year. Because we are interested in competing for his signature.”,

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