United Remain Confident Of Landing £17m Alcantara Despite Guardiola’s Comments

By on July 11, 2013

With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, more on the future of Thiago Alcantara.

Manchester United remain confident they can secure the signature of Thiago Alcantara despite Pep Guardiola confirming his interest in signing the Barcelona midfielder, according to the Daily Mail.

Last week, reports were suggesting a £17m deal to take him to Manchester United was nearing completion after the 22-year-old had agreed a five-year deal, and David Moyes was hopeful of having him on board in time to join the rest of the squad in flying out on their pre-season tour of East Asia on Thursday.

However, the move appeared to stall over the weekend and little was said until Wednesday night when former Barcelona manager and now current Bayern Munich boss, Pepe Guardiola, confirmed he was desperate to sign the talented midfielder and had asked the club to bring him to the Allianz Arena this summer.

‘I want Thiago Alcantara. I have asked Bayern to get him but I don’t know what will happen. Thiago is the only player I want, that’s what I told them.

‘It’ll be him or no one. We have many players but we the need the special extra quality that Thiago Alcantara brings.

‘I know Thiago very well. I talked to Rummenigge and Sammer about him, we will wait and then see’

‘I don’t think adding another midfielder will be a problem for us. I spoke to club about my concept and told them why I want Thiago Alcantara. I give my opinion, but I listen to the board. If they say no, that’s ok.

‘Nobody will leave Barcelona, unless they feel they won’t play much. He wants to play. That’s why I proposed him to the club’ Guardiola is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

This news came as a huge blow to United’s hopes as I’m sure the prospect of linking up with his former boss at the European Champions must be a tempting prospect for the youngster.

However, the Daily Mail claim that United remain confident they can win the race, despite Guardiola’s comments, as they have put a lot of work into trying to persuade him to come to the Premier League, he’s already agreed terms with the champions and they can offer him the regular first team football he craves. Many point out that he’ll have just as much competition for places at Bayern as he’s found at the Nou Camp.

Whereas United are short of options in the centre of midfield following the retirement of Paul Scholes, while the futures of Darren Fletcher and Anderson remain unclear, for very different reasons, so David Moyes is expected to add to his midfield options with Alcantara seemingly his No.1 choice.

Will United be able to see off competition from Bayern and land one of Europe’s most exciting young talents? We’ll have to wait and see….

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48 Comments

  1. Abraham kuju

    July 12, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Moyes is my problem. He should sign this boy now or go for another good centre mildfielder that is even better than thiago if possible,& stop playing arround the bush. Moyes u re too slow to get a sign a single player! What a shame..

  2. Abraham kuju

    July 12, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Moyes is my problem. He should sign this boy now or go for another good centre mildfielder that is even better than thiago if possible,& stop playing arround the bush. Moyes u re too slow to get & sign a single player since u came in to Man u! What a shame..

  3. Edidiong Edet

    July 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Moyes should make hair while the sun shine

  4. bruno ugbomeh

    July 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

    it will b a shame to all united fans if they surfer another blow in d transfer market. We loose many top player to many top club in few seasons back, now is another. GOD see us through o

  5. afolabi shodhekk

    July 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

    what i sugest is dats moyes should go 4 a better midfield than waiting 4 thiago decision

  6. realist

    July 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

    yous are all idiots, lol!

  7. Kamal abdullahi jahun

    July 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Moyes u r lazy, nd useles person nd also deciver since u arive at united ur talking about 3 players dat is alcantra,strootman nd garay nd u dnt get any sing among of dem. If u dnt wnt sign news player just fil free n tel us lazy coach

  8. williams

    July 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Moyes is not like ferguson, moyes is too slow to Sigh why. He shuld have already sigh thiago moyes don’t do rubbish ooo

  9. stewart

    July 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    u guys are a joke! its not moyes who is the problem! its the people we have concluding deals for us! and the glazers taking all of our money!

    but I do think moyes needs a back up plan and he needs to act fast because we cant wait for this guy to make a decision.

    either way man utd always score and will always be the team to beat!! providing we start signing some players! and don’t get left behind!!

  10. star boy

    July 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    All of dis is making mi angry bcos we need more player in our team,moyes pls sign big players 4 us

  11. Benard

    July 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    We are tired of Moyes and moreover its the beginning.why can’t u look for the players and u sign.we as man u fans and supporters are tired of old news and u also.

  12. ABEJIDE BARRY

    July 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    moyes sign this boy thiago and if u no want sign comot dere mak bayarn sign am jare. u lazy coach?

  13. Trevor

    July 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I don’t know about signing Tiago. On Sky transfers today Barcelona states that the only club that has come up with the 17m euros are Bayern.
    So I don’t know wh

  14. hitzwood

    July 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    moyes is leavin in fergie shadow…is also as lazy as moyes wen it comes to transfers…they wil make us wait as if they wil sign top quality player 4 us…but at d end of d day..they go on and sign 2nd class or unknown players..4 us…man utd shuld plz throw all dis arrogant behaviour into the waste bin and let them face reality dat other club are getin beta dan dem

  15. jjma jamj

    July 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    gktjmjtjt

  16. celestine

    July 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    guys u r all been played by the media,moyes never ask barca about thiago,dis media people r all messing wit ur head,go and watch his interview @ thailand today,(moyes) he said thiago was never a target,xo guyz wake up and stop drmin,the way i see it man utd will nt sign any oda player maybe they will add 2 more players but d way i see it thiago is nt cuming,man utd fans b realistic,man utd 4 live

  17. Akag

    July 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I am afraid for united because united didnot compete in the transfer market just like arsenal we miss Thiago, Lewendeski what is our hope? Please moyes you have to look for fabregas,ronaldo and Bale.

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