Thiago Alcantara could join Manchester United this summer, according to whispers amongst Bayern Munich executives. The Spaniard is set to leave the Bundesliga champions in the coming months, who do not want to keep him following his decision to decline a contract extension.
The club and player remain on good terms but Thiago has decided that it is time for a new chapter at the age of 29.
Bayern want to sell him this summer to avoid losing a player of his value on a free transfer in 12 months time.
They are willing to sanction his exit should their £31million valuation be met.
Liverpool appeared to be frontrunners for Thiago, despite claims that the Reds were set to oversee a quiet transfer window.
JUST IN: Liverpool transfer target Thiago ‘about to leave Bayern Munich for Man Utd’
Thiago instead agreed terms with Bayern Munich as Pep Guardiola took over from Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena, following their Champions League success over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
The midfielder had worked under Guardiola at the Camp Nou and conveniently was also represented by his brother.
That would not stop him from checking with United one last time as to whether Moyes’ decision was final.
Thiago was given the green-light to embark on his new adventure in Germany, where he would go on to win seven Bundesliga titles.
LATEST LIVE SPORT TV DEALS
Get Sky Sports for just £25 per month for 3 months
Get BT Sport for HALF PRICE
Now he could be set to join United, seven years on from his rejection.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann struggles to see where Thiago fits in at his former club but his star quality makes him an option worth considering, particularly in the current financial climate.
“At 29, he doesn’t quite fit the profile of the Reds’ purchasing policy,” Hamann said.
“Nevertheless, a transfer would make sense in my eyes, because Jurgen Klopp has more workhorses in his midfield with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Naby Keita and could use a technician like Thiago well.”
This article contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission on any sales of products or services we write about. This article was written completely independently, see more details here