Liverpool closely monitoring Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara

Merseyside club will reportedly wait until the final week of the transfer window to make an official move for Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara. Liverpool are still understood to be favourites to add Spain international, despite reports on Monday that they had decided against a move for the midfielder after promoting Marko Grujic to their senior team instead.

That appeared to leave the door open for Man United to make their move for Thiago. However, Man United are not on the market for another midfielder after landing Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

That has left Anfield on their own at the head of the chasing pack, but Liverpool are planning to delay making their move until the eleventh hour of the summer window as they try to get the best deal for Alcantara. Alex Crook: “We’ve spoken a lot about this one, and it’s going to go right to the wire, I think.”

“If Wijnaldum goes I think Liverpool will accelerate their interest. I know Manchester United have spoken to Thiago’s agent but midfield is not a priority for them at the moment. Liverpool are still the front-runners, but they’re trying to force Bayern Munich to lower that €30m asking price.”

“I’m not expecting a bid to come in probably until the final week of the window.” Liverpool have also been linked with an alternative midfielder move, with another report on Monday claiming that the German manager had reignited his interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria