Barcelona are reportedly weighing up the possibility of signing Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara on loan in the January transfer window.
According to a report by Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona will largely be forced to only loan moves for the January transfer window. And one of the priority targets for the Catalan giants is Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Thiago Alcantara joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2020, arriving at Anfield amid much fanfare. While the cut-price fee paid for him made him an appealing arrival anyway, his qualities in midfield were undoubted, which is why he has been one of the most popular signings for the Reds in recent years.
However, the 30-year-old has been pegged back by fitness issues to a great extent in the past year or so. As a result, Thiago has made just 37 appearances for Liverpool, chipping in with a goal and an assist apiece in the process. Despite his injury woes, though, former club Barcelona remain keen on signing the Spanish international, who is admired by newly-appointed manager Xavi.
Thiago spent the initial years of his career as a senior footballer at Barcelona before joining Bayern Munich in 2013. The Liverpool midfielder, in fact, has played with Xavi at club and international levels, so the new Barcelona manager is well aware of his talents.
The report mentions that Thiago’s playing style would make him an ideal fit in Xavi’s setup, which is why the Blaugrana are now keen on re-signing him. It has also been added that Barcelona wish to bring Thiago back to Camp Nou on an initial loan before being given the option to make the move permanent next summer.
The Catalan giants are being forced to largely consider loan moves for the January transfer window due to their precarious financial situation. And with Thiago not averse to the idea of rejoining them, Barcelona could swoop him away from Liverpool this winter.
Barcelona have already signed one former player since Xavi’s return, with Dani Alves officially returning to the club. What now remains to be seen is if Thiago becomes the second such player to make his way back to Camp Nou, bringing an end to his stint with Liverpool after just a season and a half.