Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara ‘given extra time off amid Liverpool links’

Bayern Munich have reportedly allowed Thiago Alcantara to take some time to make decisions regarding his future.

Having entered the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena, speculation persists over a potential switch to Liverpool.

However, in recent days, Barcelona are also said to have taken an interest in their former player as they look for ways to make improvements under newly-appointed boss Ronald Koeman.

According to Bild, the 29-year-old will spend a short period away from club affairs in an attempt to reach a conclusion over his next move.

Although the Spaniard has insisted that he has not requested an exit from Bayern, officials at the European champions have previously suggested otherwise.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has added that the next few days of discussions are “key” as Bayern look to recoup £27m.