Opinion: The only way Arsenal will sign Thiago is if Liverpool show no interest

Arsenal has recently been linked with a move for Champions League hero, Thiago Alcantara.

The Spaniard has entered the final year of his current deal at Bayern Munich and the Germans have been informed that he will not sign a new deal.

Liverpool is favourites to sign him because the former Barcelona midfielder specifically asked to join the Reds and he has reportedly even agreed on personal teams with the Premier League champions (The Mirror).

Arsenal is looking for a new midfielder and they have inquired about the possibility of signing Thiago (TalkSport), but I think we are likely aiming for a fish that is just too big for us.

The Gunners are rebuilding their team after years of underachievement and thankfully, we will compete in the Europa League this season.

However, this is just not the time for a player like Thiago to choose us.

It is nice to think about signing him, however, it will take something like a miracle for a player to move from a Champions League winning side to a team looking to get back into the top four in England.

For now, let us place our focus on the likes of Thomas Partey and even Corentin Tolisso in this transfer window because the only time we can realistically sign Thiago is if Liverpool and his other top suitors decided against making a move for him.

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  1. I don’t really think we need this guy. Getting a very strong and skillful DM like Partey should be top priority.

  2. Once again, we are putting our club down, with no help from the media.

    Wasn’t it reported that other top clubs were after Gabriel, Saliba and Partey?

    Yet here we are, saying that we’re not big enough to compete with pool?

    Don’t give me the CL chestnut, all the above three weren’t put off by that were they?

    The only reason why pool might be favourites, is because the player himself fancies Annfield.

    1. Don’t disagree at all with your theme KEN, BUT I JUST DO NOT SEE CLUED UP MA EVEN WANTING A 35 YEAR OLD PLAYER, GOOD THOUGH HE IS. Not as a new signing anyway.

      1. Hope I am right about his age. I read that he was 35 now. IF he is much younger though, then he would be a good buy but still unlikely for money reasons overall.

  3. At 25-30m , I think we can and should try to get him. Even if we signed Partey, with the apparent 100m Kitty Arteta was handed and the 20 from Niles joining Wolves, we can surely get him. Partey Thiago Willian is an extremely balanced midfield dream.

    1. @Joe Allysons If we had a 100 M transfer kitty would we not have bought Partay already? In the en we might have spent 100 M but heavily depends on how much we make on outgoing transfers.

      1. I don’t absolutely know that he has 100, but that’s what the press has been saying. It doesn’t look like we are really failing to make deals because we are struggling for cash. We aren’t getting negotiation vibes in the media. It’s more of just other delays.

  4. Thiago would immediately bring flair, class and control to a midfield pairing with Partey. My only concern would be wages – for Thiago himself and the rest of the team.
    I expect all players searching for new deals will be lowering their wage demands to reflect the economic reality of the day, so pursuing Thiago is a good decision by the Club.
    The last time I checked, AFC were still a big and ambitious club.

  5. It all depends on what the plat
    yer really wants.
    If he wants regular playing time (which I assume he was not getting at Bayern, hence his refusal of a contract extension) then he might fancy Arsenal as a better prospect on that front
    If Arteta and Edu put their magic wand to work, assuming they really want him, they can persuade him with the attraction of regular football.
    But at 29, may be he’s just looking for some gloss on his career. In which case he may prefer ‘Pool
    Best of luck to him.

  6. Arsenal did the right thing by declaring their interest in both Partey and Thiago. We really need to start chasing big players like other big clubs.

    If Liverpool can sign him, If PSG could sign Neymar from FC Barcelona, why can’t Arsenal sign Thiago from Bayern?

  7. Never mind thiago great player but he wont come to us.
    We want a midfielder maybe we should try playing AMN there?!
    I always remember the game when he bossed it against MU and Pogba stopped to talk to him and congratulate him at the end of the game. At 23 with his speed strength and versatility were bonkers to sell him. They playing him in midfield and I’m sure hed come good and reward us.

  8. So Mikel Arteta has been handed a big war-chest transfer kitty of £100m to do incoming transfer of his own choice of new player signings for Arsenal this summer transfer window. But out of the 100 million pounds, he has apparently spent almost £27m to sign Maglhaes. Thus, leaving him with a balance of about £73m to still spend on new players recruitment for the club before this summer transfer window closes. And by the Gooners popular opinions and choice, it is widely expected in the Gooners quarters that a Thomas Partey playing at Atletico Madrid FC could likely be among the expected 2 more new players who Arsenal will sign this summer window having already signed Willian. And about to announce their signing of Gabriel Maglhaes from Lille FC. But if I may ask, does this £100m transfer war chest kitty also cover for the new players wages signed this summer? Or the £100m war chest is specially only for the signing fee of the newly signed player but doesn’t include to cover for their wages? And would Mikel Arteta be allowed by the Arsenal board to touch any accrued income that resulted from player sales at Arsenal this summer? Or as the self sustaining club side that AFC is, Arteta will have to balance the account books at Arsenal after been handed £100m war chest by the club to do his summer transfer signings, by putting on sales some Gunners whom he deemed will not fit in into his plans? Or who can command reasonable transfer fee for the club towards balancing the books such as AMN who could likely be used as a sacrificial lamb by selling him to fetch at least £30m for Arsenal at the summer transfer market. Hmmm. But to me, Arsenal should put into immediate action their signing of the Lyon FC playmaker, Houssem Aouer 22 this summer. Instead of them to pursue the signing of the Liverpool FC target Thiago Alcantara 29? And I am still insisting that Arsenal bosses should not make the mistake about it to contemplate selling Hector Bellerin 25 this summer for the propose of to balance the books. Bellerin is a first class right full back at Arsenal whose wing back pace will hardly be replaced at Arsenal. Where will Arsenal find another pacey gem like him if they sell him this summer? Cedric Soares 28 cannot be adequately replace Bellerin. Rather, it is Soares that should be sold by Arsenal this summer but certainly not Bellerin who is increasingly by all account looking by the time to be overcoming the ACL injury that he had.

    1. how do you know arteta has been given 100m?

      has the club gone public with this?

      the sale of AMN is probably to raise funds for player procurement and balance the squad

      we have signed willian and there are a number of players in his position

      a player if AMN age should be playing regular football unless he prefer to warm the bench

  9. I can’t see him fitting in our team for some reason, maybe he is not dynamic as much as Ceballos. Though he is one of the best players but just not for us.

    1. Dan.. just binged After Life (again!!) Season 3 is coming… saw a picture on Twitter of Ricky with a copy if the script!! Can’t wait 🙂

        1. Yea absolutely brilliant program ,only problem is it is t long enough ,me and the misses did season 2 in about 4 hours if I remember .
          Be good another season 👍

  10. I dont think that he will come to Arsenal, beause at 29, he would like to play in the CL and win it, so he might choose Pool over us. However, I am very sad that AMN is about to leave us. His versatility and strength was great for Arsenal and he has played wherever MA wanted him to play and it would be a big loss if we lose AMN. Also sad id the fact that belarin is about leave Arsenal. His pace and work rate will be very hard to replace. That leaves us with only Soares as a a proper right back. If both AMN and Belarin leave Arsenal, I feel it is not good business by AFC.

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