Too much peering through a business lens and not a footballing lens going on here. We're at the start of a potential dynasty that can see us win the next 2-3 titles with added UCLs and some lesser cups, and people don't want to take in a genuine world class play maker who would immediately improve our team? Baffling. Our midfield isn't as stacked as we think - Lallana's good as gone, Gini's contract situation, Millie getting older, Keita still hasn't strung a decent season together. I'm not even thinking about potential players like Curtis Jones at this point. His turn will come towards the next cycle/rebuild. This is where we should be bringing in the icing and cherry on top, not 20 year old potential talent who may be world class in 2022-23. Bring in the experienced players to consolidate our position. Players of Thiago's quality would be key for us winning everything in the next 2-3 seasons. Couldn't care less if we can't resell him if we win another 3 major trophies in his time here.
That's a good point. The fact that we have a 19 year old CM in Curtis Jones breaking through probably affords us the luxury of signing a 29 year old playmaker rather than a 23 year old. Thiago could give us 2-3 quality seasons, and that buys some time for Jones to really come into his own.
I do wonder how keen Wijnaldum would be to sign an extension if we bring in Thiago though, as Wijnaldum would likely see a drop in appearances as he'd be the obvious player to make way for Thiago.