ESPN have claimed that Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago wants a whopping £200,000 a week if he is to join either Liverpool or Manchester United this summer, with the asking price for the Spain international set at £27million.
Thiago, 29, has been strongly linked with both Premier League clubs over the past few months – after he entered the final 12 months of his contract at Bayern Munich. The chances of him remaining at Bayern seem unlikely.
The report claims Italian-born Thiago has rejected the chance to renew his contract at Bayern, but for both Liverpool and United, it is a difficult transfer to pull off. Liverpool need to sell first, with Gini Wijnaldum the likeliest casualty.
But Wijnaldum is unwilling to leave Liverpool, making a deal difficult – while United are willing to pay the £27million asking price but do not want to meet Thiago’s £200,000-a-week wage demands.
TBR’s view – Is Thiago important enough to become highest-paid player?
Thiago’s wage demands would make the former Barcelona man Liverpool’s joint-highest paid player. Spotrac currently claim Mo Salah is the club’s highest-paid player, £20,000 more than Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk.
So, is Thiago good enough to be paid more than van Dijk and Firmino? While he would be a stunning signing and for the next two or three years, give Liverpool all the midfield ingredients required, he is very expensive.
But at this level, having a player of Thiago’s ability over the next two or three seasons at his best, at that wage, would still be worth it.