Barcelona boss Xavi 'wants Liverpool star Thiago to return to club' to link up with former team-mate Dani Alves
XAVI wants to bring back another former Barcelona player to the club in shape of Liverpool's Thiago, according to reports in Spain.
And Sport are reporting the Spain midfielder would 'welcome' a return to the Nou Camp.
He could be the second player to return to Barca under new boss Xavi after the club announced they have re-signed 38-year-old Dani Alves.
Alves played alongside Thiago and Xavi at Barcelona but his comeback is likely to be much more complicated than that of the Brazilian right-back, who was a free agent after leaving Sao Paulo in September.
The Sport report says Xavi 'wants Thiago Alcantara back in Barcelona and the Liverpool midfielder welcomes his possible return'.
It adds the Barca boss has already told club president Joan Laporta he wants Thiago, 30, who was seen as the 'generational replacement' in their midfield for Xavi, who left to play for Al Sadd in 2015.
Instead, Thiago joined Bayern Munich and won 15 major honours during a seven-year spell in Germany before making the switch to Anfield last year.
Thiago has seen his game time and progress on Merseyside blighted by a calf muscle injury.
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But Spanish newspaper AS claim Liverpool are keen to keep the star, who they signed on a four-year deal for £20millon in September 2020.
The Spanish newspaper's report says he has 'a contract in force and Liverpool would put up difficulties upon his departure.'
Bit it adds that, as with Alves, 'Thiago would be a unifying element who, in addition, knows the secrets of the positional game that Xavi wants to implement'.
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