Man Utd interested in £30million Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara

Manchester United are reportedly willing to battle it out with Liverpool for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Bundesliga side Bayern are understood to be open to selling Thiago this summer.

And the Champions League winners are only thought to be asking for around £30m for the Spain international.

Thiago has peaked the interest of Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp contemplates losing Georginio Wijnaldum to Barcelona.

However, the Reds may have to fight off bitter rivals United for the 29-year-old’s signature.

According to German outlet Bild, the Red Devils have a long standing interest in Thiago.

It’s thought that Liverpool remain in pole position to land the former Barcelona star.

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But there are other clubs, including United, waiting in the wings if the Merseysiders decide against signing Thiago.

Liverpool lost the Community Shield to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon on penalties, having drawn 1-1 during normal time.

And Klopp insisted he was mostly pleased with what he saw from his players against a defensive Gunners side.

The German said: “With parts of the game I was obviously pleased because I know in which situation we are, what we did in training and all the stuff that I expected today from a physical point of view, from a tactical point of view.

“The game we had to play here today against a deep defensive block, 5-4-1, you need to have 100 per cent fresh legs, your decision-making needs to be on top.

“We were not the freshest legs, but they were fresher than three or four days ago. It’s all normal. We have another two weeks to prepare the next season.

“When you then concede the goal we conceded, then of course that doesn’t help at all.

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“We had to get control back of the game, I would say – we had that in the second half with the constant threat of the counter-attacks and all these things.

“Arsenal had a good build-up, [but] they didn’t really create chances with that. We had to work hard for it and that’s how it is. We had our two or three big moments, which we didn’t finish off.

“That’s what then decides games, we know that, and so that’s the reason for the result.”

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