Liverpool want just £15m for Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, but Barcelona are trying to haggle the bargain price down still further.
New Barca boss Ronald Koeman is keen to bring Wijnaldum to the Camp Nou as a major part of his rebuilding process at the Catalan club.
The pair worked together for the Netherlands national side and with less than 12 months left on his Liverpool contract, the midfielder is very much available.
The Reds have set their asking price, not wanting to sell but preferring to than letting him leave for free next summer, and they want £15m for the Dutchman, according to the Mirror.
It seems a cheap price for the 29-year-old, who has been a key figure in Liverpool’s Champions League and Premier League glories, but Barcelona are not keen to pay it.
The report suggests that the La Liga giants only want to pay around £10m for the former Newcastle man as they are in a perilous financial position.
Selling Wijnaldum would bring in some funds and he would need to be replaced, making a move for Thiago the obvious choice, but only if Barcelona are willing to get their chequebook out for the Dutchman.
Club legend Steve Nicol has urged Klopp to try and convince Wijnaldum to stay, rather than shake things up in his midfield, which has been hugely successful.
‘If Wijnaldum isn’t desperate to leave, then I’d keep Wijnaldum. I don’t understand why you’d change it, because clearly it’s been successful,’ Nicol told ESPN FC.
‘Right now the middle of the park is as strong with regards to physicality and getting the ball back, supplying the front three – it’s one of the best in Europe.
‘I think sometimes it’s a little bit dangerous to change things when clearly they’re working.
‘I won’t argue that Thiago Alcantara is a fantastic footballer, but is [his arrival] going to upset the apple cart? Why would you gamble right now, when clearly you’re the team that everyone has to beat.’