Liverpool legend, Phil Thompson has claimed on Newstalk breakfast show, that reliable sources very close to the club have told him that a deal for Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez has been completed.
Thompson enjoyed a successful 18-year career at Anfield, which included seven League titles and two European Cup's amongst other silverware. He remains very well connected with the football club and if his comments turn out to be as reliable as one would expect, Liverpool fans will be overjoyed with the news.
Liverpool have secured Sanchez
Thompson sounded pretty assured when he broke the news, however there was no mention of transfer fee or whether it is part of a deal to take troubled star Luis Suarez to the Camp Nou.
Thompson told Newstalk: "Even just yesterday I had things from people, newspaper guys with their ear very close to the ground at Liverpool, saying that the Sanchez deal is actually done."
Assuming the deal was completed more than 24 hours ago, and part of the negotiations involved Luis Suarez going the other way, well then there could very well be a few problems for the clubs to thrash out following Suarez's decision to take a chunk of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini yesterday in their crucial Wold Cup clash.
The Suarez incident yesterday, the third of its kind during his career, could see him being banned for as many as 10-international matches by FIFA, which could span around two-years, according to Thompson.
Embarrassment to himself and the football club
Thompson was asked whether this was an embarrassment for Liverpool football club and where do they go from here with regards the player.
Thompson responded: " First of all he embarrasses himself. With this he brings embarrassment to the football club as one of our employees."
"It is terribly sad for my football club," he added." He has brought shame on a World Cup that has been sensational."
There was no mention by Thompson about an impending move to Barcelona, however recent speculation has linked him with a big money move to Spain with Barcelona emerging as favourites over the last few days, after Real Madrid reportedly signing Falcao.
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If a deal is in place with either Madrid or Barcelona then both clubs could very well opt out considering the huge price tag for a player that is clearly not right in the head.
Thompson did however go on to say about the Sanchez deal: " Will it now be an angle for them to ease Luis Suarez out of Liverpool?, it looks that way."
A hugely disappointed Thompson was unsure how the Liverpool board will go on and deal with this very precarious situation.
If Suarez receives an international ban which looks likely, it is not expected to effect his club career wherever it might be.
However he acknowledged that it is an extremely difficult situation for the club to deal with considering he is their star player and of course prized asset at a valuation of around £70 million.
If Thompson's sources are correct, it will put an end to all the speculation surrounding Sanchez that has seen him being linked with Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester United.
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