According to the English outlet Mirror, Barcelona FC is actively seeking to bring back their former player, Thiago Alcantara from Liverpool during the January transfer window. Despite facing resistance from Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp, who is keen on retaining Thiago, Barcelona sees him as a vital addition to their squad.
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Currently, Barcelona is going through a challenging phase under the guidance of coach Xavi. They are positioned fourth in the La Liga standings, trailing the leaders Real Madrid and the second-placed Girona by 10 points. Girona, notably, has been a revelation this season in Spain and defeated Barcelona 4-2 at home in December.
Barcelona’s situation isn’t entirely bleak, however. They have progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League, where they will face Napoli, and remain contenders in the Spanish Cup. Furthermore, they are set to compete in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, a tournament that also features Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Osasuna.
A significant concern for Barcelona is the midfield position, especially after the season-ending injury of their 19-year-old midfielder Gavi. Gavi suffered a severe knee injury while playing for Spain in November, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and damaging the lateral meniscus.
Barcelona’s president, Joan Laporta, has acknowledged the necessity to find a temporary midfield replacement. He referenced their past strategy of loaning Edgar Davids from Juventus in January 2004, aiming to replicate a similar move this season. Laporta expressed his desire to secure a loan deal for a midfielder by the end of the year, provided they can align with financial fair play regulations.
Thiago, currently 32 years old, is the primary target for Barcelona. A product of Barcelona’s renowned La Masia academy, Thiago has an impressive history with the club, having secured 10 major trophies, including four La Liga titles, the Champions League, and the Club World Cup.