The Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool transfer rumour has been whirring around the mill for a few months now.
Up until recently, the line from European journalists is that the player and club have an agreement – but that’s all.
There have been zero genuinely credible claims Bayern Munich and Liverpool have been in contact over a deal.
But through the sludge of articles being churned out by every football outlet going, there is a new narrative.
Just this week, as Bayern look set to wrap up their Champions League campaign, reliable sources are suggesting a deal could be struck imminently.
BILD chief writer Tobi Altschaffl was first, reporting on Friday that the German champions are ‘expecting’ an approach from Liverpool next week.
Kevin Palmer, who was well-informed on Virgil van Dijk’s transfer, also claimed the Reds have made ‘tentative steps’ and that Thiago will make his intentions known after the showdown in Lisbon.
Melissa Reddy, a source very close to Liverpool, confirmed the Premier League champions’ interest in the midfielder, but admitted a move seems unlikely unless Gini Wijnaldum fails to pledge his future to the club.
And lastly, the big one, uber-reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has tonight claimed Bayern and Liverpool will meet next week to negotiate a fee for Thiago.
Nothing is ever certain in football, but there is simply too much noise surrounding this story for it to be nothing – even more so when you consider the reputability of the sources.
One to keep an eye on, Reds.