Manchester United target Thiago Alcantara agrees to join Bayern Munich [Cope]
It is news that Manchester United fans would have feared. After a significant chase of Barcelona’s young midfielder Thiago Alcantara seemed to be heading for a deal being done, a Spanish radio station believes that it has the scoop that Thiago will instead join Bayern Munich.
It would be quite the blow for David Moyes, who had clearly made the Spaniard his priority during his first summer at the club. The inevitable talk will surely be “Would Fergie have attracted Thiago sufficiently?”
Spanish radio station COPE interviewed a journalist who feels that he has the scoop on the story, which has Thiago agreeing a €4m a year salary.
The reporter said: “This is from a very credible source, a source that is, let’s say, directly linked to the footballer.
“First, we have been told that Thiago Alcantara’s future is not at Barca. Second, we have been told the club he has chosen. The club Thiago has chosen is Bayern Munich.”
“There are various factors. There have been several offers on the table. From Manchester United and Real Madrid.”
“The bid from Real Madrid was rejected because Thiago does not want to close any doors on a return to Barca in the future.”
“Therefore the two offers on the table was from Bayern Munich and Manchester United. Thiago considered both closely.”
“Thiago knew that there were several players in his position, but was told by Pep Guardiola on the phone that he was moving Javi Martinez to centre back as Marcelo Bielsa did with him at Athletic Bilbao.”
“However, I insist, all this has to be taken with the precaution that with this news it is the summer.”
“I’m being told that the deal is absolutely closed and can be confirmed in a matter of hours.”
We’ll let you decide what you feel about the truth in this one.