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

Man Utd remain confident they can secure the signature of Thiago Alcantara despite Pep Guardiola confirming his interest in signing the Barcelona midfielder.

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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Do you think Alcantara will end up at United? Share your views below…



  1. Amaechi Victor

    July 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Though it will be hard but by the grace of God he will join.

  2. semiu sanni

    July 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm


  3. Lotyang emmanuel

    July 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Let united move quickly for the lad!

  4. chidinma peter

    July 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    gardola is greed,let him leave thiago alown and face off

  5. valencia

    July 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Man utd has always bin slow when it comes 2 transfer issues. i won’t be surprised if he doesn’t come 2 utd. but it’ll be a big shame for a club like man utd.

    • Fredy

      July 12, 2013 at 5:31 am

      Its true.

  6. Angu

    July 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Another moura, sneider, hazard problem who moves so slow at man utd, is it the manager, directors, the glazers or what? Cant you guyz easy the pressure on us.

  7. adebola

    July 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Wot i knw is dat thiago will b man-utd player………..

  8. Angu

    July 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    What a shame will it be to lose on Thiago, that’s the price you pay when you have such a slow transfer machinery, we had all the time to get Thiago even before Guadiola now the former coach steps in dont think man utd will win, moyes wake up! You’re in a big big club.

  9. Alunyo jimmy

    July 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Manchester can never satisfy we fans, because what we wanted most always they don’t always need. Now Thiago should he join Bayern i wont get suprised for they had done it be4 with snidjer, hazard and others players, but this would be a shame to Man U as a club for they would have shown the world their weakenesses.

  10. kyle

    July 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Why, this man can not buy Thiago Alcantara i don,t like this David Moyes why he like to buy only Everton players? I want him to know that this is MAN U not Everton he don,t need to come MAN U,,,, only i will buy i will buy but he can not buy O GOD why this man

  11. Abubakar BAUCHI

    July 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    United are actually very slow in wraping up a deal to land a player, but very active in selling a player. Even though the essence is for the club profit, is good that club should buy well skilled talented players so as to win trophies, which will put up the club at the top, increase their monrtary gain and add up to their history pack.

  12. Uchapaul

    July 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Fallow fans please we shld not blame david moyes yet okey. I think all we need to do is cheer him up nd advise him on wot to do okey. Nd secondly i do not beleive all this speculation from the media room. United till i die

  13. David jonathan

    July 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I’m even fed up with the whole thing.manutd always slow in transfer dealings.i can’t really tell.

  14. Samuel Omonseigho

    July 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I think it is time for The Glazers to Leave the club for Desperate billionaires, i used to think it is SAF that slows the transfer. Now i know where it’s from, other clubs has been in the market but man u are still behind. This’s disappointing

  15. Samuel Omonseigho

    July 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I think it is time for The Glazers to Leave the club for Desperate billionaires, i used to think it is SAF that slows the transfer. Now i know where it’s from, other clubs has been in the market but man u are still behind. This’s disappointing i tink i am tired

  16. Jay

    July 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    A lot of negativity here lately . Although the noisy neighbours will have spent near enough 100 million by the time the season kicks off , united will have some quality players lined up . I think Ronaldo is a cert to come in and with another quality midfielder added to the squad I think that will be enough to retain the title .

  17. Isaac Onwu

    July 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Man utd is weak when it comes to competing for good players.
    Thiago may end up in Bayern but i believe Moyes knows our area of immediate need, midfield. UP UNITED

  18. austineano

    July 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    my fellow united fance i wnt 2 give my own coment about dis transfer window on thiago is ovious dat man u is 2 slow of signing player dis is wat exactly wat dey did abt sneijda and lucas moura so i tink there is a problm wethen the owner of the club nd the board menbers so i dnt tink is a ryt time 2 judge moyes nw bt i believe we re nt going 2 loose thiago this tym bt if dey fail 2 sign him is going 2 be an a disgress 2 man u coz the guy is too fantastic of playin i hv watched his ball most tym so we need him now we re lacking in the middle of pack.

  19. ojuonewilson

    July 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    It’s up to dav,the success nd failure of team,u got to act faster.

  20. Ishak Gusau

    July 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Oh God! Why al these things must u be delaying whenevr it comes to signing gud player. This ridiculous nd u realy hav to make it snapy or else…

  21. Sir NUDI

    July 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Well am really pissed with Man Utd concerning Thiago transfer saga,my friends am scared we are going to lose him to Bayern the same way we lost Hazard to Chelsea and Moura to PSG.

  22. Iwosolo

    July 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    My fellow man.utd fan, i tink am very disappointed wen it comes signing gud player,

  23. Igwe ochinanwata

    July 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Thiago! Thiago!! Thiago!!! lol! Moyes plz if u dnt knw ur work u shud leav n stop putin preasur on we fans! God bless unitd

  24. prince Ebipade

    July 12, 2013 at 12:36 am

    am getting SICK n TIRED of dis MANCHESTER UNITED club of a name, so so anoying!. Thinking of Decamping for GOOD. gush!!.

  25. Mark

    July 12, 2013 at 12:57 am

    We can’t buy this lad if we don’t activate the release clause!!! What is the hold up. We probably never wanted him in the first place. A foil for some other big named signing. OR am I dreaming again??? Oh, bugger, just fell out of bed. Another dreary day in transfer land.

  26. neo

    July 12, 2013 at 1:49 am

    David should leave now its clear he doesn’t know how to handle man united, fellow supporters there’s sumthng you guys need to learn dis is wat man united does dey act like dey really want sum players wen dey don’t so dat dey cn sell season tickets wat de supporters need to start doin is buy seeason tickets after dey have seen signings wat do yoll thnk?

  27. Stone

    July 12, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Man utd will killed i n my younger brother with dis kind of slowness in transfers

  28. Abdulquadri ramadan

    July 12, 2013 at 5:33 am

    I dnt even know wat to say, bcos am tired of man utd anytym transfer open we re always behind as if there is no money, nd yet we re part of the first three richest club in the world but man utd dnt wanna spend out to buy players, even if we wnt to by players man utd will be negotiating more than a month, at least 4 players in dis summer 1 winger, 2 midfields, nd 1 defender. i swear am fed of with d team.

  29. Fredy

    July 12, 2013 at 5:46 am

    United next season will be in trouble… Alcantara to strengthness midifild area, It will be a shame losing this young talented man

  30. Pius

    July 12, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I don’t think if the problem is with Moyes this is because even even SAF had the same attitude when it comes to buying prayers I think the policy relating to buying players has got problems as well as directors you have to know that coaches always want good players to make good their squad but unfortunately our coaches are even restricted to comment on transfer issues don’t you this as a problem?You directors wake up this is united change your mindset.Man u 4rever

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