Liverpool are unsure whether to pursue a move for Thiago Alcantara – with concerns over dressing room morale if they signed the Spaniard.
Alcantara has been heavily linked with an Anfield move as he seeks a fresh challenge away from Bayern Munich with just one year left on his contract.
According to the Independent, the Reds are “significantly interested” in the prospect of signing a player of his ability and experience for a relatively low fee.
But they are worried that adding another midfielder will cause disharmony in the dressing room in an area they are already crowded with talent and options.
Jurgen Klopp currently rotates several midfielders with Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho establishing themselves as the first-choice trio last season.
But Naby Keita finished the season strongly and is pushing for more playing time whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also primed for a greater role.
James Milner is also keen to keep involved whilst Xherdan Shaqiri is determined to play his way back into contention.
And there are concerns that adding Alcantara would tip the balance and make it impossible to keep all their midfielders happy.
With dressing room togetherness and morale such a crucial part of Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield project, that could see them decide against a move for Thiago.
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However, Wijnaldum has emerged as a target for Barcelona with Ronald Koeman leaving the Netherlands to take over at the Nou Camp.
Koeman is said to have told Wijnaldum not to sign a new contract at Anfield, according to reports.
The midfielder is out of contract next summer and is now high on Koeman’s wish-list after he replaced Quique Setien this week.
Wijnaldum’s departure could open the door to a move for Thiago, but it is unclear whether they could strike a deal to extend his stay at Anfield and end speculation.