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Manchester United ‘make contact’ with Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara’s advisor

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Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Thiago Alcantara’s advisor as they look to beat Liverpool to the signing of the Bayern Munich midfielder. 

German outlet Bild report that while United have not made an offer for the Spaniard, there has been contact between the club and the player’s representatives. 

Liverpool have been viewed as favourites to land the 29-year-old after he told Bayern he would be leaving the club following their Champions League success in Lisbon last month.

Thiago Alcantara is generating interest from Premier League sides as he looks to leave Bayern

Thiago Alcantara is generating interest from Premier League sides as he looks to leave Bayern

 Thiago Alcantara is generating interest from Premier League sides as he looks to leave Bayern

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his side credited with interest in Germany

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his side credited with interest in Germany

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his side credited with interest in Germany

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the player but they have yet to make a move

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the player but they have yet to make a move

 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the player but they have yet to make a move

But United, despite the imminent £40million arrival of Dutchman Donny van de Beek, have been credited with an interest in the former Barcelona man.

Bayern have set a £29m price tag on Thiago, a figure Liverpool or United are yet to meet, but the German and European champions accept the player wants to depart for a new challenge.

Thiago is out of contract next summer and with no desire to renew, Bayern will look to cash in so as to avoid losing him for nothing in 12 months time. 

Thiago (right) has a year left on his deal in Bavaria but has informed Bayern he will not extend

Thiago (right) has a year left on his deal in Bavaria but has informed Bayern he will not extend

Thiago (right) has a year left on his deal in Bavaria but has informed Bayern he will not extend

Manchester United are closing in on adding £40m-rated Donny van de Beek to their midfield

Manchester United are closing in on adding £40m-rated Donny van de Beek to their midfield

Manchester United are closing in on adding £40m-rated Donny van de Beek to their midfield

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Welt Am Sonntag at the weekend: ‘We are expecting an offer from another club in the next few days. ‘He told us that at the end of his career, he would like to try something new.’

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a plethora of options in midfield that will only grow with the arrival of Van de Beek.

And while it is not a priority area of improvement for his side, Alcantara is considered among Europe’s finest in that position and would prove a quality addition, with Solskjaer looking to build on the club’s third-placed finish in the Premier League last season. 

For Liverpool, they need to sell before moving for Alcantara and Georginio Wijnaldum could hold the key.

The Dutchman, who is also in the final year of his contract, has reportedly agreed personal terms to move from Liverpool to Barcelona this summer.

Georginio Wijnaldum could hold the key for Liverpool with reports in Spain on Wednesday claiming that he has agreed personal terms on a switch to join Barcelona this summer

Georginio Wijnaldum could hold the key for Liverpool with reports in Spain on Wednesday claiming that he has agreed personal terms on a switch to join Barcelona this summer

Georginio Wijnaldum could hold the key for Liverpool with reports in Spain on Wednesday claiming that he has agreed personal terms on a switch to join Barcelona this summer

Wijnaldum is willing to swap England for Spain despite being a key man under Jurgen Klopp last term and discussions between the two clubs have already begun, according to Sport

The report claims that Barcelona are prepared to offer no more than £18m for the 29-year-old. But a free squad place and money to put into a replacement could see Liverpool take control of a Thiago pursuit. 

Thiago has been at Bayern since 2013 and has enjoyed much success at the club, winning the Champions League, seven Bundesliga titles and four DFB-Pokals. 

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