Manchester United have been urged to join the running for the transfer of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara this summer.
The Spain international supposedly wants out of Bayern this summer, according to Bild, sparking talk of a potential move back to Barcelona, or to Manchester City to work under his old manager Pep Guardiola, who coached him at both the Nou Camp and the Allianz Arena.
However, Dale O’Donnell of Stretty News makes the very sensible point that United have a long-standing interest in Alcantara, and that now could be the ideal time to swoop for him.
The 27-year-old was a known target for David Moyes during his time at Old Trafford, but surely the lure of working under Jose Mourinho could finally see the Red Devils clinch this deal.
Only recently, Spanish publication Don Balon linked United with a possible interest in signing Alcantara for around £61m, and O’Donnell is definitely keen on such a move.
‘When David Moyes was appointed manager following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, efforts were made to bring the player to Old Trafford until he decided to join Bayern,’ O’Donnell wrote on Stretty News.
‘Why stop there? Another opportunity has come to surface and United should do their utmost to sign the former Barcelona midfielder.
‘After being put off Sergej Milinkovic-Savic due to Lazio’s hefty asking price, Thiago Alcantara may be a very different player, but he’s incredibly talented and would seriously improve this United side.’
It is true that a move for Milinkovic-Savic now looks dead in the water as the young Serbian could cost almost twice as much as Alcantara, and may be heading to Real Madrid as part of their post-Cristiano Ronaldo revolution anyway.