Clubs in Premier League will have a busy couple of weeks before the transfer window slams shut on 9th August before the new season kicks off and the big boys of Manchester United and Chelsea’ stature, contending for title glory, are ready to splash the cash to achieve season goals.
If reports are believed to be true, these two English giants have shown interest in Thiago Alcantara, the Spanish international who plays for Bayern Munich. The 27-year-old Spaniard joined Barcelona at the age of 14 from Brazilian side Flamengo and progressed through their youth ranks before flourishing under then boss Pep Guardiola who also secured his signing while in charge of Bayern Munich. Guardiola later joined Manchester City and reportedly wanted yet another reunion which, however, did not occur as a move was blocked by the Bundesliga champions.
But the player might finally ply his trade to England as Bayern are rumored to be ready to listen to offers of around €70mil and both the clubs, in desperate need of a box-to-box central midfield option, are weighing up a move for the decorated Spaniard who represented his nation in the recently concluded World Cup campaign. The Bavarians got ample of options in the middle of the park as Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso, Leon Goretzka, James Rodriguez, Javi Martinez and Arturo Vidal will be occupying the midfield slots, therefore, the transfer of Thiago is unlikely to affect them much.
Manchester United, under Jose Mourinho, finished runners-up the last term but were way behind their ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City in the points tally. The presence of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic was not enough in the centre of the pitch and the Red Devils will be benefitted from Thiago’s creativity as well as the versatility that they often lacked the last term.
He is also capable of playing in an advanced role which will allow the Blues boss Maurizio Sarri to make use of him in front of N’Golo Kante and new boy Jorginho. However, the absence of Champions League football might prove to be a stumbling block in chasing his signing and it is to be seen now whom the player prefers if both the clubs meet Bayern’s demand in due course.