Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara Now Attracting Fresh Attention from Saudi Arabia
Bold Move from Al-Ahli
Ripples are forming in the football waters. Saudi Arabian heavyweights, Al-Ahli, are making headlines with a €12m bid to secure Liverpool’s talented midfielder, Thiago Alcantara. Could a move to the Middle East be on the cards for the Spaniard?
If you’ve been tracking Liverpool’s summer transactions, you’ll know that Saudi Arabian teams have developed a penchant for the Reds’ midfielders. The departures of Jordan Henderson to Al-Ettifaq and Fabinho to Al-Ittihad Club are fresh in the memory of the Anfield faithful. And it seems Thiago might just be the next cab off the rank.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have witnessed significant changes. With the exits of Naby Keita, James Milner, and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, and the entry of just two newcomers, Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister, one could argue that Liverpool is in the middle of a midfield makeover.
Breaking | Al Ahli have submitted a €12m bid to Liverpool for Thiago Alcantara, according to L’Équipe. More follows.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 10, 2023
Thiago’s Uncertain Anfield Future
After a season speckled with injuries and underwhelming performances, Thiago’s future with Liverpool has been a hot topic of debate. Entering the final year of his contract, whispers suggest that Liverpool might prefer to cash in on the player rather than risking him leaving on a free transfer in 2024.
Now, as reported by French media powerhouse, L’Equipe, Al-Ahli’s intent is clear. Not only do they see the potential in Thiago, but they’re also planning to pair him up with Roberto Firmino, the former Red who switched to the Saudi club earlier this summer.
However, while the bid from Al-Ahli has been made public, there’s still a cloud of uncertainty. Will this sum be enticing enough for Liverpool to part ways with Thiago? More importantly, is the allure of Saudi Arabia strong enough for Thiago himself? The player is already rumoured to have rejected the Saudi riches once this summer, with links to Galatasaray and Seville amounting to nothing; and the player widely tipped to see out the final year of his Anfield deal before leaving for free in 2024.
The football transfer window is a whirlwind of speculation, bids, and last-minute surprises. As Al-Ahli makes its ambitions evident, the next few weeks will be pivotal in determining if Saudi Arabia can successfully continue their impressive summer haul.