Barcelona look at Liverpool’s Thiago after buying back Dani Alves

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Barcelona are once again linked with another of their former players as Camp Nou legend Xavi looks to ex-teammate Thiago Alcantara in the January transfer window.

Xavi returned to the club to take control as head coach earlier this month and has already been helped by the addition of longtime Barça team-mate Dani Alves.

The Brazilian veteran defender, who won 19 of his Barça trophies alongside Xavi – including three Champions League titles, is believed to have signed at the request of the new boss after the prospectus was first rejected by others at the club.

Now Liverpool’s midfielder Thiago seems to be on the radar in Catalonia.

Thiago made his debut in Barcelona in 2009 and became a regular in the first team in 2011. But his stay was ultimately short, he came to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013 and established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world for seven years in Germany.

SPORT reports that Xavi wants Thiago to return to Camp Nou, and informs President Joan Laporta of his wishes for the January opening in six weeks. It is also claimed that Thiago, who left for the first time when he was only 22, would be open to the possibility.

Barcelona have already signed for Dani Alves, who will be officially registered in January / Max Mumby / Indigo / GettyImages

Thiago has excelled for Liverpool when he was in form, but injuries and efforts for fitness have plagued his time at Anfield so far. He missed most of the first half of last season and was limited to just 20 Premier League starts as a result, while he has already missed two months of this season.

Injuries and financial problems have left Barcelona’s squad a shadow of what it was. Lionel Messi proved to be one of the victims during the summer when the club could not offer him a new contract and the number of injuries so far this season could make a full starting eleven.

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