Liverpool star Thiago could rejoin Barcelona this summer in a shock move, it has been reported, with Liverpool’s midfield overhaul continuing into the new season.
The Spaniard, who was restricted to just 18 Premier League appearances last season through injury, has been linked with a move away from Anfield in recent weeks.
Often injured, 32-year-old Thiago’s place in the Reds side is looking more uncertain than in any of the three seasons since he joined the club thanks to the arrivals of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai in recent weeks, with yet more midfield additions expected before the summer transfer window is over.
He has already held talks with representatives from the Saudi Pro League, and has reportedly ‘already rejected one lucrative offer’. As it stands, Thiago ‘currently intends to stay put for the 2023-24 season’, when his contract on Merseyside runs out.
However, that could soon change, with Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri claiming that a move back to Barcelona is a ‘concrete possibility’ this summer and that it is now ‘the main option’ for Thiago, who would be keen to work under Xavi.
Thiago opted to leave Barcelona in 2013 after coming through La Masia academy, following Pep Guardiola to Bayern Munich before he made the move to Anfield in 2020. He has appeared 100 times for the Blaugrana, and could yet add to that should reports be proven accurate,
Out of contract in 12 months, he would not be overly expensive should Barcelona come knocking, though there are question marks over where the 32-year-old would fit in at the Camp Nou.
Alongside current stars Gavi, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong and Franck Kessie, they have also signed Ilkay Gundogan on a free transfer, meaning that at least one of he and Thiago would likely need to make do with a spot on the substitutes bench.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool would sanction a deal either, with James Milner already having left and Jordan Henderson on the verge of joining Saudi side Al-Ettifaq, while Fabinho could also follow him to the middle east.