sport news Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool or Man United: Where does he fit in?

He is one man who simply cannot get his name out of the football headlines this summer.

After announcing his desire to leave Bayern Munich and embrace a new challenge, Thiago Alcantara has set the transfer rumour mill into overdrive, with fresh speculation emerging by the day.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are front-runners for the 29-year-old's signature, though are yet to come to an official agreement with Bayern. Thiago is currently away on international with Spain for their Nations League matches.

In recent weeks Liverpool's bitter rivals look to have thrown their hat into the ring, and could yet make a late hijack attempt to make him the marquee summer signing at Old Trafford.

On Thursday night following international duty with Spain Thiago even admitted 'Bayern is home' and he would be willing to remain in Bavarian, if good enough offers are not made. Both teams must now pull their finger out to make an extraordinary coup. 

As the player's future gradually inches closer to being resolved, Sportsmail takes a look at which side would be best suited to Thiago's talents, and where exactly the majestic Spanish playmaker would fit in.

Thiago Alcantara will leave Bayern Munich this summer though his destination is not yet sealed

Thiago Alcantara will leave Bayern Munich this summer though his destination is not yet sealed

Thiago is currently away with Spain on international duty for this month's Nations League

Thiago is currently away with Spain on international duty for this month's Nations League

The 29-year-old started Spain's Nations League clash with Germany on Thursday night

The 29-year-old started Spain's Nations League clash with Germany on Thursday night

Liverpool

Klopp's side are in pole position for a reason. Thiago and the current Liverpool team look to be a match made in heaven.

Liverpool's play is so finely tuned now under their German manager that only select, high-calibre pieces need to be added.

Thiago is one of said pieces, and the Reds have raised themselves up to such a status that the biggest names in the game want to come and play their football at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp is known to be a huge admirer of Thiago, and the signing would boost his side

Jurgen Klopp is known to be a huge admirer of Thiago, and the signing would boost his side

Thiago possesses all the skills Klopp craves, while being blessed with innate abilities to read passes and sense space on the pitch in a way most players simply cannot.

Acquiring Thiago would be like Liverpool playing their own Kevin De Bruyne card, with the Spaniard and the Belgian sharing much of the same traits.

Klopp would implement Thiago straight into his midfield three, following a brief period of transition. The 29-year-old would be more than comfortable with playing Klopp's football, given his very similar role at the Allianz.

Inserted alongside the bedrock of Liverpool's midfield, Fabinho, Thiago would likely tandem alongside captain Jordan Henderson. 

Captain Jordan Henderson would likely do the leg-work as Thiago sets about creating magic

Captain Jordan Henderson would likely do the leg-work as Thiago sets about creating magic

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This would enable the England international to put in the leg work, while Thiago sets about his artistry and using his wide passing repertoire to open up channels for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Increased attention on Thiago from Premier League sides would likewise play into Liverpool's favour during matches, with space set to be freed up for the advancing

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