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Liverpool close in on £27m Thiago signing as Reds step up pursuit of Bayern star

Liverpool have agreed an initial £20 million (€22m/$26m) deal with Bayern Munich for midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Goal can confirm.

After months of speculation official contact has been made between the two clubs, with Liverpool now set to agree terms with the player, who is keen to move to Anfield.

Thiago's arrival, though, will provide a huge boost to the Premier League champions, whose sole business so far this summer has been the £10.8m signing of left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

The move for Thiago represents a change in policy for Reds owners Fenway Sports Group, who have generally targeted younger signings during their time on Merseyside.

The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alisson Becker all arrived for big fees, but in their early-to-mid 20s.

The fact that he had entered the final year of his contract at Bayern, and that he had expressed his desire to move to Anfield, meant the decision was taken to pursue a deal.

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