Manchester City won’t rival Liverpool for Thiago Alcantara transfer

Pep Guardiola has managed Thiago at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich but it appears he will not be bringing him to Manchester City


Posted Tuesday, July 07, 2020 by Dailystar.co.uk

Manchester City are reportedly not in the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

The Spaniard's deal is set to expire next summer and he has played under current City boss Pep Guardiola at both Barcelona and Bayern.

As a result, he would be a natural fit into Guardiola's City side but, according to the Athletic's David Ornstein, they are not interested in bringing Thiago to the Etihad.

Liverpool have already been heavily linked with his services and Ornstein revealed that both Chelsea and Arsenal are also admirers of the midfielder's skills.

"Chelsea and Arsenal have been keen in the past but I don’t know about now," Ornstein said.

Manchester City won’t rival Liverpool for Thiago Alcantara transfer
Pep Guardiola has managed Thiago at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich

"City won’t happen. The mutual admiration [between Liverpool and Thiago] is clear but that doesn’t mean a deal will happen. My impression is it will come down to finances."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently addressed speculation linking his club with a move for Thiago, saying: "Would you be surprised if I didn't answer? He's a good player I like a lot but like many others out there."

Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that Thiago would be sold in the summer if he failed to agree a new deal, telling BILD : "[Thiago is] a top man on and off the pitch.

"We negotiated with him in a serious way and fulfilled all his wishes. But it now seems that he wants to do something new for one more time."

However, manager Hansi Flick is hopeful that he will stay at the club, saying that he is trying to convince Thiago to pledge his future to the German giants, saying: "The thing is, I always have hope. I'm actually always very positive about things.

"I also know, of course, that when you're at a certain age and you've already played in the Spanish league with Barcelona and in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, you feel the need to experience another big league. That is quite normal and that is also human.

"I'm trying my best to make sure Thiago stays here and that you can convince him to stay. But that's one thing that time will show.

"We still have the Champions League ahead of us now and we have a lot of plans, also together with him."



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