Sky Italia retracts confirmation of Thiago joining Bayern Munich

by Sam Peoples

Thiago Alcantara had chosen to move to ignore interest from Manchester United and join Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich according to Sky Italia before they decided to retract their claims.

Guardiola, who is currently in Italy with his team at a training retreat in Lake Garda, became the first person to publicly speak out about Thiago at a press conference this morning, lauding him as the single player he wanted to sign this summer.

Given that there was no mention of the ‘confirmed’ deal on Sky Italia’s Twitter or website, I’d say this deal was far from confirmed and was merely inflated more inflated speculation.

Until it is confirmed by Barcelona or the club he will be joining, this Thiago saga will continue to rear its ugly head.

As for Sky Italia’s credibility as a reputable source, they claim enough outlandish things that one of them is bound to be right eventually but they are far from a reliable source as today’s retraction of their Thiago confirmation shows.

Thiago’s silence due to him being on holiday has morphed his transfer into a saga very quickly but with the 22-year-old expected back at Barcelona for pre-season training in five days, he will have to make his mind up sooner rather than later.

The worrying thing for United fans if Thiago decides to join Munich is that it is becoming all too regular to lose out on transfer targets.

Aside from van Persie, United have missed out on a host of players in recent years including the likes of Hazard, Moura, Ozil and Benzema. When it comes to competing with the other powerhouses in the transfer market, we seem to fall short at the last hurdle.

Be it agent fees or the lure of somewhere else, United aren’t the indomitable force in the transfer market they used to be. Despite that, United walked the Premier League last season at a canter so it can’t be effecting us that much.

This isn’t to say Thiago will definitely join Munich and, given his desire for first team football, we still stand a very good chance of signing him this summer.

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STEVO 07/12/2013 - 22:13

keep the faith lol, give moysey a chance, GET BEHIND OUR NEW MANAGER!!!!
we are the Champions of England not a half baked team, we are the biggest club in the world, no one player or person is bigger than MUFC if they go to Real, PSG or BAYERN, good luck to them, we still be a great club, a family club, with great values, youth policy to inspire.. We hope to recieve good news soon to improvements to our amazing squad!!!!! love you MUFC

stewart 07/12/2013 - 11:44

someone needs the sack, the people who we have concluding our deals. its a joke! and the glazers needs to piss off aswel!

MK 07/11/2013 - 21:21

Here’s a “if only starting XI”

Rafael Ferdinand Jones Evra
Pogba Carrick
Valencia Hazard
Van Persie

Starting to see what Fergie’s master plan was.

Shame we can’t close deals on top foreign players.

Eddie 07/11/2013 - 21:51

Not quite the Fergie plan yet! Because you have forgot to add that greedy lad called, Lucas Moura. Remember Fergie lost out to PSG, last summer, he is the final jigsaw in the puzzle.

MK 07/12/2013 - 02:48

its just incredible how itseems we’ve thrown all our eggs in one basket! This is so bloody frustrating but its not Moyes’ fault for sure, its not his fault we haven’t strengthened this position for years….you can’t blame Alcantara for going to Bayern; but we should have a back-up plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so fed up with the f*cking cock ups in this position…its a f*cking joke.

Andy Grace 07/11/2013 - 20:48

Getting fed up of hearing how United keep missing out on the big names. It seems that we are suffering because David Moyes didn’t start at United until 1st July. All but the most blinkered can see that midfield is not the same quality of old. United did brilliantly last season but compare the present midfield (Nani, Carrick, Cleverley (or Anderson or Giggs – great servant that he is) and Valencia) with the midfield of Giggs, Scholes (at their peak), Keane and Ronaldo. Other English and European clubs will all be strengthening their squads. Big names do not necessarily bring success, I know, but there is definitely a weakness in midfield that won’t be strengthened from within any time soon. There are enough youngsters coming through for the future – and they must be given game time in the League and FA Cups as well as enough time in the league as substitutes but unless we keep challenging in domestic and European competitions, Utd will go the same way as Liverpool. A sobering thought.

gb 07/11/2013 - 20:41

Its not worrying at all. We dont know what happens behind the scenes and theres billions of people on this planet


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