Liverpool announce Thiago signing/What it means for Wijnaldum & talks for Wolves’ Diogo Jota ‘at an advanced stage’

It has proven a somewhat hectic day at Liverpool, with the Premier League champions’ 2nd major signing of the summer potentially set to be followed by yet another addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad over the coming weekend.

Thiago arrives

First, the moment that Reds fans across the globe were waiting for was finally forthcoming this afternoon.

Following months of rampant will he, won’t he speculation, Thiago Alcantara’s move to Anfield was officially announced.

The Spanish midfielder, on the back of a stellar campaign with Bayern Munich, during which he helped the club to a historic treble, had long made clear his desire to seek out a new challenge this summer.

Liverpool, despite rumoured interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United, were, in turn, widely labelled as favourites to clinch a deal, with Jurgen Klopp known to be a huge admirer of the former Barcelona man’s talents.

As such, it came as little surprise when, in a post across the club’s social media platforms a short time ago, the English champions confirmed that Thiago has put pen-to-paper on a long-term contract on Merseyside.

The midfield metronome is thought to have set the Reds back a fee of around £27 million.

The widespread assumption in the weeks leading up to Thiago’s inevitable Anfield switch, meanwhile, was of course that the man set to make way for the 29-year-old was Gini Wijnaldum.

Dutch international Wijnaldum has entered the final year of his Liverpool contract, and has been persistently linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona, where he would reunite with former international boss Ronald Koeman.

If the latest comments on the part of Jurgen Klopp are anything to go by, however, then such a scenario actually coming to fruition appears unlikely.

Speaking earlier today, hours prior to Thiago’s signing being made official, the Liverpool manager was asked if his latest reinforcement in the middle of the park was set to push Wijnaldum towards the exit door.

Klopp, though, assured that the transfer ‘has no impact on anybody’s future’:

Jota incoming?

Thiago’s arrival comes as Liverpool’s 2nd of the summer, with the Spaniard having followed left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas to Merseyside.

And, as outlined above, despite previous claims that funds are in short supply for the Reds’ transfer chiefs, yet another big-money signing now appears to be inching closer to linking up with Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

As per Paul Joyce of the Times, Liverpool are ‘closing in on a deal’ for Wolves attacker Diogo Jota.

This comes with the Portuguese international having been a surprise last-minute omission from Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad that fell to defeat at the hands of Stoke in the League Cup last night.

Evidently, though, this came as a result of Jota negotiating an exit from the club.

It is added that talks between Liverpool and Wolves are ‘at an advanced stage’, with a deal expected to be struck for a fee in the region of £35 million.

Reds starlet Ki-Jana Hoever, meanwhile, could be set to move in the opposite direction, with Wolves pushing to take the 18-year-old defender to Molineux.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Arsenal FC 1 3 3
2 Leicester City FC 1 3 3
3 Chelsea FC 1 2 3
4 Newcastle United FC 1 2 3
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 2 3
6 Liverpool FC 1 1 3
7 Crystal Palace FC 1 1 3
8 Everton FC 1 1 3
9 Aston Villa FC 0 0 0
10 Burnley FC 0 0 0
11 Manchester City FC 0 0 0
12 Manchester United FC 0 0 0
13 Leeds United 1 -1 0
14 Southampton FC 1 -1 0
15 Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 -1 0
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1 -2 0
17 Sheffield United FC 1 -2 0
18 West Ham United FC 1 -2 0
19 Fulham FC 1 -3 0
20 West Bromwich Albion 1 -3 0
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 3
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 2
James, Reece Chelsea FC 1
Jorginho Chelsea FC 1
Hendrick, Jeff Newcastle United FC 1
Trossard, Leandro Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1
van Dijk, Virgil Liverpool FC 1
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 1
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 1
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 1
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 1
Klich, Mateusz Leeds United 1
Saiss, Romain Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1
Zouma, Kurt Chelsea FC 1
Magalhaes, Gabriel Arsenal FC 1
Harrison, Jack Leeds United 1
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 1
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 1
Castagne, Timothy Leicester City FC 1

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