Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he would like to sign Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona this summer as his protracted move away from Spain takes another twist.
Last night, news broke from journalist Juanmo Castano on COPE radio that Thiago already agreed to sign for Bayern Munich.
Although that is clearly not the case with Guardiola merely confirming interest, it places a big grey cloud over where he will move this summer.
“I want Thiago Alcantara. Have asked (Bayern to get him) Don’t know what will happen,” Guardiola said at a press conference this morning.
“I know him very well. I talked to Rummenigge and Sammer about him, we will wait and then see.
“I don’t think (adding another midfielder) will be a problem. I spoke to club about my concept and told them why I want Thiago Alcantara.”
“Thiago is the only player I want, that’s what I told them. It will be him or no one.
“We have many players but we the need the special (quality) that Thiago Alcantara brings.”
The news will come as a massive blow to United fans given that we looked in prime position to sign Thiago from Barcelona but with Guardiola’s Munich joining the picture, it puts United in second place.
The 22-year-old’s desire to leave Barcelona stems from not getting enough game time ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and while United is a much bigger guarantee of first team football, Guardiola insisted that his place at Munich would be there for him.
“Nobody will leave Barcelona, unless they feel they won’t play much. He wants to play. That’s why I proposed him to the club,” he continued.
“Javier Martinez can play at centre back, he played very well there with Atletico.”
This is the first official confirmation of interest in Thiago with United remaining silent over any potential pursuit of the player and with Thiago expected to return from holiday in the coming days, a decision from the player is going to happen very soon.