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Liverpool midfielder not an option for Barcelona manager Xavi – report

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With Liverpool facing a sort of an exodus in their midfield department, even Thiago Alcantara has been linked with a move away from Anfield. And reports have suggested in the recent past that the 32-year-old could be an option for Barcelona this summer.

After all, manager Xavi Hernandez is seeking to add another midfielder despite signing Ilkay Gundogan and Oriol Romeu. And Thiago is a player familiar with the Barcelona philosophy, having come through the club’s ranks and been tipped to be Xavi’s heir at one point.

The former Bayern Munich midfielder, too, would reportedly be open to a return to Barcelona to play under his former teammate.

However, according to the latest update from journalist Javi Miguel of AS, Thiago is not an option that Xavi is considering bringing to Barcelona at this point in time.

Thiago, as iterated earlier, is a La Masia graduate and went on to make 100 first-team appearances for Barcelona before departing for Bayern Munich in 2013. Since then, he has forged a very successful career for himself in Germany and England.

It is appreciated that the 32-year-old is a product of the club’s academy and has the know-how of the tactics and philosophy. But his recent injuries represent a major concern for the La Liga champions.

Since joining Liverpool back in 2020, Thiago has missed as many as 56 matches across all competitions in three seasons due to various injury issues. The 32-year-old was unavailable for 22 games in the last season alone.

Given his recent injury record and his age, it is only natural for Barcelona and Xavi to be apprehensive about re-signing their former midfielder this summer.

As such, Thiago, at this point, is not an option that Xavi is considering to bolster his midfield options further. There is interest in the likes of Bernardo Silva and Giovani Lo Celso, but a move will take place only if there are some major sales made.

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