Manchester United are said to be in contact with Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara regarding a possible summer move, but the player's wage demands are proving to be an issue.
The Red Devils are on the verge of completing their first major signing of the summer transfer window, with Donny van de Beek undergoing a medical on Monday ahead of a move from Ajax. The Dutchman will add depth to the United midfield, but the club are still on the lookout for further reinforcements.
Despite closing in on the signing of Van de Beek, Fredrick Filtvedt of Dagbladet has now reported that Man Utd are still showing an interest in Thiago and have even been in contact with the player. The Bayern Munich midfielder - who has entered the final year of his contract - has been most frequently linked with Liverpool, but the Reds are yet to make a real move for his services.
Bayern executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently admitted that the club expect to receive an offer for the services of Thiago in the coming days, but didn't specify where that would be coming from. As yet, no offer has been made for the Spaniard's services, however.
Thiago is said to be valued at around £27m by Bayern and United would likely have no issue with this, but it is his wage demands which are proving to be a stumbling block. Indeed, this is further backed up by Jan Aage Fjortoft, who reaffirms that the Premier League outfit are refusing to offer the wages he is seeking. Talks are ongoing, however.
The Red Devils' unwillingness to give in to Thiago's terms is understandable as they are keen to not make the same mistakes again. The 29-year-old would add further depth and real quality with his range of passing and experience, but with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still looking to strengthen in other areas this summer, it is hard to envisage a scenario where United break the bank to land his services.
As for Liverpool, it has been suggested they will only be making a move for Thiago if and when a senior player is sold in order to raise funds, but they will likely hold a similar stance to their arch rivals with regards to his wages.