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 Catalan publication 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 – and is reportedly being paid just €1 a month.

Thiago, 30, will definitely not come that cheap, but Sport say the playmaker does fancy a return to Barca, with whom he made his professional debut in 2008.

They add Xavi has already told club president Joan Laporta he wants Thiago, 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.

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Thiago has seen his game time and progress on Merseyside blighted by a calf muscle injury.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, however, is believed to be in no rush to part with Italian-born star.

Thiago signed a four-year deal with the Reds after signing for £20m in September 2020.

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