PICTURE: Spain adopt war mentality over Guardiola’s pursuit of Thiago

by Sam Peoples

Pep Guardiola’s pursuit of Thiago Alcantara has caused a storm back in Spain and he has quickly become public enemy number one.

Despite having spent nearly 20 years there as a player and five years as a manager, in which he picked up 14 major trophies, Guardiola is having his name dragged through the mud and is ‘changing the environment’ according to Sphera following his comments both about pursuing Thiago and of his discontent with the Barcelona board following his resignation.

The Bayern Munich manager was the first person to publicly declare his interest in Thiago. Despite United’s strong links with the player, no official interest was ever confirmed by the club. It was a smart move by Guardiola and he made it abundantly clear how highly he is regarded by his ex-manager and how important he would be at Munich.

David Moyes insisted that he would not talk about players who are under contract but as Thiago has a publicly known €18 million release clause, it would not have been tapping him up to say that United were looking at signing him and it would be a good show of faith to Thiago. Sometimes silence can be more damaging than beneficial.

AS – Guardiola sends dynamite to Barca

 

Mundo Deportivo – Guardiola on the attack

 

SPORT – Pep declares war and takes Thiago

Guardiola’s side are Barcelona’s biggest threat to European glory, alongside Real Madrid, so the last thing they would want to do is willingly help their rival.

Certainly, if there was no release clause and Barcelona had to have their say in where Thiago went, you could put your house on them blocking his move to Munich.

But in this situation, it is down to what Thiago wants to do and he now faces a harder decision than he had just 24 hours ago.

The decision now looks like it is not a case of if he leaves Barcelona but what club he will join. If he follows Guardiola to Munich, he would risk burning bridges with Barcelona having been there for eight years. Although it would be romantic to play under the manager who gave him senior debut, would that be a risk he would be willing to take? Is he attached enough to Barcelona for it to influence his decision?

If he joined United, he would be guaranteed more first team football, have the release clause in the contract he desires and satisfy Barcelona by simply not going to Guardiola’s Munich.

As it stands, it looks like a straight tug-of-war between Munich and United. On paper, both have their benefits over each other and it is now up to Thiago to simply choose the club he feels can offer him the most.

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17 comments

Simon James Mone 07/12/2013 - 10:11

I am not surprised. I said last week that Manchester United are not the best in the World when it comes to buying the big names. I went ahead to mention names like Ronaldinho, Benzema, mesut Ozil, et al. There is a problem with the person responsible for transfers. Either they lave confidence or they do not have the alure that other personalities have. Eveyone at Manchester United is well aware that the problem in midfield has been lingering for a long, long time. So why not take it very seriously?

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NIKHIL 07/12/2013 - 08:11

Wat a shame…
I m a huge huge fan of manu nd i cant help but c them loosing this time…
Thy def require creative medfielder…
If they fail to buy any thy mist say bye bye to league cup this time…

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Jola 07/12/2013 - 07:14

I dont understand why we didnt step up our efforts for Strootman, it was clear that the Thiago saga would get dragged on due to Thiago’s indecisiveness, if we had secured strootman at least we’d have a back up plan and we could have still been chasing the possibility of having Strootman and Thiago in the centre

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john 07/12/2013 - 07:06

We’re always the bridesmaid……..

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Youngwealths 07/12/2013 - 06:36

Don’t we need him or wht y is moyes so slow in activatin hz clause? He better find someone else o

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cesc fabregas 07/12/2013 - 06:13

thaago ,you choose manu

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Angu 07/12/2013 - 06:01

Absolutely sometimes i ask myself who handles transfer at man utd? Whoever he is that guy is painfully slow.

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victor 07/12/2013 - 04:59

@m.k,i love your comment,am sick and tired of united doing their transfer business in such an amateur way,look at the way we talk about ronaldinho,locas moura,lewandowski,mikel,hazard,fellaini,baines,garay ezequeil,to mention few,it’s not encouraging for us as a fans,coz it makes us look stupid around other club,i think something need to be done…and also moyes need to earn some respect for himself,he’s no more at everton now,he should realise that he his manging one of the best club in the world and to do that,u should drop all the evrton pattern,and be a united coach…….Up MAN U

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victor 07/12/2013 - 04:57

@m.k,ȋ̝̊̅‎​ love your comment,am sick and tired of united doing their transfer business in such an amateur way,look at the way we talk about ronaldinho,locas moura,mikel,hazard,fellaini,baines,garay ezequeil,to mention few,it’s not encouraging for us as a fans,coz it makes us look stupid around other club,i think something need to be done…and also moyes need to earn some respect for himself,he’s no more at everton now,he should realise that he his manging one of the best club in the world and to do that,u should drop all the evrton pattern,and be a united coach…….Up MAN U

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engishjames 07/12/2013 - 04:19

Its not a done deal, anything along those lines, is guesswork. The article raises some valid points, and he’d be foolhardy to believe that going to Munich would serve him better than the main-man role he could and would enjoy at OT. Whatever happens, we need to get behind the new boss. Ohh and………

ANDERSON…….. NEEDS………TO …….GO……..GO……..GO

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Tom 07/12/2013 - 04:05

This site is thirsty for clicks thiago this thiago that shut the fuck up and writes pieces about our own players I dare you to write a piece about Jesse lingard or a talented youngster like petruci

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samp 07/12/2013 - 08:55

If you care to use the search function you will find plenty of pieces about our youth squad which is covered heavily during the season Tom.

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umar 07/12/2013 - 03:04

tiago join and start ur debut dat is ur best place 2go

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MK 07/12/2013 - 02:59

I think you are being a bit optimistic; I reckon his case is already packed, fresh undies n all, just waiting for Bayern to wire the €18M to Barcelona. If he was going to join utd it would have happened by now…just a shame we’ve managed to make ourselves look like sad losers with no back-up plan. It looks like all our hopes were hanging on this player and he has made us look stupid. Every f*cking time….I’m sick of it.

ANDRESON…SON…SON….

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BB 07/12/2013 - 08:08

It’s only the fans who have made themselves look like sad losers in this instance. While it’s clear the club has some interest in Thiago, it’s wrong to assume that there’s no backup plan and that all our hopes hang on him. We don’t know which other deals the club is working on or how advanced they are. Nor do we know what the reasons are for us not completing the Thiago deal sooner.

The article makes a valid point about Thiago burning his bridges by choosing Bayern. While I don’t think they’ll close the door entirely to the possibility of a return, it wouldn’t be an easy transition back into the fold. Barca’s fans aren’t likely to forget quickly. What I find most amusing about all this is that the Bayern fans don’t seem to want Thiago, as they feel it will disrupt the team.

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newkjuice 07/12/2013 - 02:53

Great post

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Mark. 07/12/2013 - 02:37

I’m getting the feeling that this was never a goer from the start from our (MU) side. If he was so important to us Moyes would have activated the release clause a long time ago, instead of all this posturing. Not talking about players from other clubs is a lame comment. Anybody can talk about other club’s players. It’s what you say and how you say it which determines is you are “tapping up” or not. My personal opinion is that this was never a goer from day one. Don’t get me wrong, this would be the best signing since Eric Cantona (Excluding Ronny). Oh to dream!!!!!

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