Manchester United did make an offer to buy Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona according to Mediapro president Jaume Roures.
“There were offers to sign Thiago from Manchester United, a Spanish team and the one from Bayern,” he told RAC1.
The Sunday Times’ Duncan Castles claimed that United were never in contact with Barcelona to discuss a potential transfer fee, although Roures’ claims that United did in fact table an offer suggests otherwise. It would have been a worrying situation had we not been interested in a talented, available player like Thiago given our need for someone like him.
Thiago’s move to Bayern Munich from Barcelona was always going to happen after Pep Guardiola’s publicly singled him out as the only player he wanted to sign this summer.
The 22-year-old midfielder was heavily linked with a move to United and on paper, it looked like it would suit both parties but United stood little chance after Guardiola’s Munich came into the picture.
And in his first interview as a Munich player, Thiago proclaimed he was “very, very happy” at the move and unsurprisingly cited Guardiola as the major factor behind his move to Germany.
“We’ve known for a long time that he is a coach that gives me confidence,” he said.
“I am a big fan of the style that he plays football. There are very few in the world with his technical capabilities. It was certainly a major reason to come to Munich.”
United looked red hot favourites to land Thiago for a couple of weeks. His desire for first team football matched our desperate need for an inventive midfielder but it was a move that was dead in the water as soon as Guardiola stepped in.
The 22-year-old certainly can’t be begrudged for wanting to play under the manager who gave him his debut for Barcelona B and the senior side but it hurts to miss out on another talented midfielder.
United’s silent approach to this Thiago transfer was questioned by some but in reality, if we had done everything in our power to land him it still would have been futile because of Guardiola.
Good luck to Thiago at Bayern but for United, it is onto the next one and that seems to be Cesc Fabregas given reports of a €30 million bid today.
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