Thiago Alcantara has informed Barcelona that he wants to move to Bayern Munich according to Mundo Deportivo‘s main story today.
They say that Karl Heinz Rummenigge is fully in support of Pep Guardiola’s desire to bring the 22-year-old midfielder to Germany and that the two clubs were in discussion yesterday regarding the fee.
There are two possibilities; one, that Munich pay the release clause to sign the player and the second being that they pay a transfer fee significantly higher than his release clause.
The article goes on to say that Barcelona would refuse the €18 million release clause if it was offered by Munich but given that they do not have the power to do that due to the nature of a clause, that doesn’t make sense.
It would come as a huge blow to United if we were to miss out on a target in the transfer market given how many times it has happened in recent years but if the deal is confirmed, it places a big question over Thiago’s real ambition.
He reportedly wants to move away from Barcelona in search of game time ahead of next year’s World Cup so moving to Munich, where they have midfielders aplenty, ahead of United would seem a strange decision in that respect. Guardiola claimed he would push Martinez back to accommodate him in central midfield but given that Martinez/Schweinsteiger were the best central midfield pairing in Europe last year, that would be a questionable move.
But given the romanticism of Thiago playing back under Guardiola may be too much of a pull that we simply can’t compete with.
One good thing to note after all of this is that David Moyes yesterday said he was pleased and confident with his progress on transfers in the market, so United are certainly up to something behind closed doors.