Wages may prove biggest stumbling block over Thiago transfer this summer

Sam Preston September 15, 2020
Wages may prove biggest stumbling block over Thiago transfer this summer
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Thiago to Liverpool has been a protracted theme of the transfer window but there has been no real movement so far.

TalkSport claim the Reds won’t bid until the final week of the transfer window, in October.

Meanwhile, ESPN have claimed the midfielder wants over £200,000-a-week to make the switch to the Premier League.


Liverpool have held firm over their pursuit of the Champions League winner.

Plenty have questioned why they haven’t yet paid the 30 million euro (£27.7 million) asking price.

That seems pretty reasonable for a player of Thiago’s quality, especially given Liverpool didn’t spend big last summer and haven’t done so this time around either.

Perhaps his reported wage demands offer some insight into why that would be.

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The National claim Mo Salah is their highest earner, on £200,000-a-week.

That means Thiago would become the club’s highest earner and the impact of that cannot be underestimated.

Liverpool’s financial structure is one of the main reasons for their recent success.

Shattering the wage ceiling for an aging player with a poor injury record could have repercussions for the club when it comes to renegotiating the contracts of current stars.

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Although Thiago’s demands aren’t the same, Manchester United did that with Alexis Sanchez.

It distorted the financial picture at Old Trafford. Ander Herrera was lost because he demanded his salary be raised in relation to Sanchez’s; a reasonably fair request when the Spaniard was contributing far more.

Liverpool appear to be biding their time in an attempt to get the cost of a deal down, in the knowledge that Thiago can negotiate a free transfer with them in January.

It remains to be seen whether it pays off, but Liverpool are sticking to their guns financially.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.