Liverpool transfer target Thiago Alcantara is preparing for the biggest game of his life – and it could also decide his future.
Alcantara is expected to feature for Bayern Munich as they face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final.
The game could be his last for the German giants after pulling out of contract talks and declaring his desire to take on a new challenge.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Alcantara, with manager Jurgen Klopp a known admirer of the midfielder having praised him publicly on more than one occasion.
The Reds are tempted by the class of the Spaniard and the fact he is set to be available for around £30million, a modest fee for a player of his talents.
But it is claimed by The Independent that they remain undecided regarding whether to pull the trigger and make a move.
Their admiration of Thiago as a player is being counter-acted by their desire not to spend big this summer and concerns that they are already well-stocked in midfield.
They are unsure whether Thiago is worth the risk of upsetting an established first-team star by adding another name to the mix for playing time.
It has been noted that Georginio Wijnaldum, attracting interest from Barcelona, could pave the way for a move for the Bayern Munich ace if he departs.
But even if Liverpool retain their full contingent, Thiago could still convince Liverpool signing him for a cut-price fee is an opportunity they simply cannot turn down.
And if he can shine on the big stage against Paris Saint-Germain then it would surely got a long way to pressuring Liverpool to decide he is worth bringing to the club.
Wayne Rooney has branded Thiago ‘one of the best midfielders around’ and expressed his concern that his arrival could strengthen Liverpool.
The Champions League final is another huge opportunity to ensure Liverpool chiefs feel the same and hand the 29-year-old his dream move.
“He almost came to United in 2013 and now Liverpool are linked with him,” Rooney wrote in The Sunday Times.
“He’s one of the best midfielders around – I just hope he doesn’t go there!
“He can take the ball, be composed on it, keep things ticking over – and he’ll put his foot in. He’s an all-round midfielder, really, with a bit of everything.
“He backs up that Bayern press and he drops in between the centre halves to take the ball yet can also join in when they’re playing around the other box too.
“He’s a great player. It would be great to see him in the Premier League, actually.”