Thiago made U-turn on four-year Bayern extension before Liverpool decision

Thiago Alcantara changed his mind over signing a contract extension at Bayern Munich.

And this was before an offer from Liverpool had even come in for the Spain international.

Jurgen Klopp is on the verge of landing his man after making the midfielder a top target in the transfer window.

Bayern told Liverpool that they wanted any business concluded prior to the start of the Bundesliga and a £20m offer, plus £5m in bonuses was accepted.

But the former Barcelona star actually turned down the chance of signing a new contract at Bayern – which he had initially agreed to.

That is according to transfer guru Kaveh Solhekol.

He told Sky Sports: "Liverpool signing Thiago shows how high Liverpool’s standing is right now in world football because this is a player who is the best in the world at what he does.

"He’s been at Bayern Munich for seven seasons, he’s won a title every season, he’s just won the Champions League and was one of the best players in the competition last season.

"Bayern were aware his contract was running out next summer.

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"They put a new contract in front of him, a four year deal and they thought it was all agreed, he was going to sign on the dotted line but at the last minute, he had a change of heart and decided to leave this summer.

"Bayern decided to let him go and he wants a new challenge which is at Liverpool.

"From Liverpool’s point of view, Bayern were initially asking for €30m and there was no way Liverpool were going to pay that.

"The way they’ve structured this deal is that they are paying £20m but over four seasons so £5m per year for Thiago.

"When you look at it like that, it is the best lease purchase deal I have ever seen to get a player that good for just £5m per year.

"That’s why a lot of Liverpool fans on social media are saying their sporting director Michael Edwards is a genius."

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