€50m-rated midfielder could stay at Germany amid Liverpool interest

Ex-Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has accused Man United and Liverpool of trying to ‘blackmail’ the Bavarians by stalling in their efforts to sign Thiago Alcantara this summer. The 29-year-old midfielder is expected to make the move to the PL after refusing to sign a new deal with Bundesliga giants.

Alcantara’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the campaign and he would then be available to leave on a free transfer. Bundesliga giants are demanding a €30m transfer fee for Thiago, but neither Red Devils nor Liverpool have submitted an offer, despite their heavy interest.

And Hoeness believes Red Devils and Liverpool are willing to wait until the closing stages of the transfer window, which ends on October 5, before making an official approach. ‘We offered him a great four-year contract but in the last minute he changed his mind and told us he wants a new challenge,’ Hoeness said.

‘He probably has an agreement with Liverpool or Man United, or with both. Both clubs have not come to us with an offer. They are bluffing and want to blackmail us by waiting until the last week and then make a cheap offer. Bayern must decide whether they want to play this game or stand their ground and keep Thiago.’

Hoeness also branded David Alaba’s agent as a ‘greedy piranha after the left-back’s negotiations over a new deal with the German club stalled. ‘David has a greedy piranha as an advisor,’ said Hoeness ‘His father, who I like very much, is also very influenced by him.’