Barcelona plotting cheeky midfielder raid on Liverpool

Barcelona are trying to lure a Liverpool midfielder back to the Nou Camp, while Friday’s Euro Paper Talk claims that Arsenal have offered a defensive star to Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

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Barcelona are reportedly looking at the possibility of re-signing Thiago Alcantara back from Liverpool.

The Liverpool Echo has reported some insider information from Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida, which states that new Barca boss Xavi would be interested in bringing the experienced midfielder back to Catalonia.

Thiago rose through the ranks at the Nou Camp and made 100 senior appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals. He played alongside Xavi between 2009 and 2013, before heading to Bayern Munich.

The report states that discussions have already been had over a move. Indeed, Xavi has spoken to Barca president Joan Laporta about striking a deal for a player he rates very highly.

The 30-year-old has made seven appearances across all competitions for Liverpool so far this season. However, he only recently returned to action in the 3-2 loss to West Ham last time out.

Thiago moved to Merseyside in September 2020 from Bayern and has scored once in 37 games for the Reds.

His first spell at Barcelona produced trophies galore. Thiago won four LaLiga titles, two Spanish Cups and two Spanish Supercups.

Klopp unlikely to sanction exit

Whether Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be willing to part the company with Thiago remains in doubt though.

Liverpool have a busy run of fixtures either side of the festive period and Klopp has seen what sort of effect having a slightly weakened squad can have if injuries strike.

So far this season he has already lost Harvey Elliott for a significant time, while Naby Keita is also on the sidelines.

With that in mind, it’s unlikely that Liverpool will do business – unless they already have a replacement lined up.

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Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has been offered to Roma. However, Man Utd’s Diogo Dalot remains the priority for José Mourinho. (Il Corriere dello Sport)

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