Liverpool have moved a step closer to signing midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.
The Reds have made their move to sign the 29-year-old playmaker from the Bundesliga champions, who has less than a year on his current deal.
The ECHO understands that the deal is not at an advanced stage but discussions have taken place between the two clubs after months of rife speculation.
It is believed Thiago is keen to move to Merseyside but terms have not yet been finalised, despite reports of a four-year deal being agreed earlier this year.
Thiago has spent seven years in Munich after arriving from Barcelona in the summer of 2013, but things could have gone very differently.
According to The Athletic, Manchester United had the opportunity to sign Thiago before he made the switch to Germany.
It has been claimed that Thiago was a "leaving present" to former United boss David Moyes from Sir Alex Ferguson who retired from management that year.
The claim goes on to suggest that, despite years of scouting an everything being agreed, Moyes opted against signing Thiago because he did not know enough about the player.
Thiago has gone on to score 31 goals and provide 37 assists for Bayern since his arrival, as well as help win seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League last month.
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