Thiago-ne: Another one bites the dust for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

The biggest transfer saga of the summer so far has reached a conclusion as Thiago Alcantara will play for Bayern Munich next season his club FC Barcelona has officially confirmed.

A statement from Barcelona said:

“FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have agreed to terms for Thiago Alcántara. The German club will pay a fee of 25 million euros for the midfielder.

“The agreement also stipulates that a friendly will be played between the two teams in the next four years. The 22-year-old leaves the Blaugrana after playing for the first team for two seasons.”

Thiago’s move is hardly surprising. As soon as Pep Guardiola became the first to officially declare his interest in the player by lauding him as the only one he wanted to sign this season, the writing was on the wall.

It’s a romantic reunion and one that Thiago will be eager to rekindle. In the 2011/12 season, he played 45 times under Guardiola and will be hoping to replicate that at Munich.

But given his prerogative of guaranteed first team football to try and force his way into Spain’s squad for 2014’s World Cup in Brazil, he is placing a lot of faith in Guardiola who suggested that Martinez will be forced back into central defence to allow for Thiago.

It isn’t just with Martinez that the 22-year-old will be in competition with thanks to the likes of Muller, Kroos, Gotze, Schweinsteiger and Luis Gustavo all viable alternatives in midfield, so Thiago certainly has his work cut out to secure a first team spot every week.

At United, he would of been all-but-guaranteed a starting spot in every important game alongside Michael Carrick given our midfield woes but he obviously felt that he couldn’t turn down last year’s treble winners.

You can’t begrudge Thiago moving to Munich given his links with Guardiola but it certainly hurts to miss out on another midfielder especially given his potential to be one of the world’s best in the next few years.

David Moyes confirmed that Thiago wasn’t his priority and that much is evident now but at least the Scot knows his squad is short in midfield.

On paper, Thiago’s signing was perfect but good luck to him at Munich. I can’t see how he will get more game time in Bavaria than Manchester but he sees differently which is all that matters.

Photo: FC Barcelona 

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3 comments

TERRY JONES 07/15/2013 - 10:50

Never wanted him anyways, MOYES STATED IN PRESS CONFENRENCE HE WAS NEVER A TAGET AND THATS ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME. dON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHINK YOU READ, WHAT MATTERS IS WAHAT uTD SAY AND THEY SAY HE NOT A TARGET.

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Uwazzy 07/15/2013 - 10:23

I think been decisive is our problem here . When a new coach arrives at a club , he decides on a formation and which players he wants out and in . The Boss is bent on seeing what the players he has on ground will offer him before buying new players but that could backfire and I think has already because by the end of the window , there wont be quality left and we would have to scratch off what is left with arsenal, spurs etc .

Pep on the other hand has openly declared the two players he needs and his formation and plans and is going to stick by it . If it fails, so be it . That is being decisive .

Right now , I cant really see any good quality in the market that we can convince , All the best players in every tournament (Confed, u20, etc) that has been played this summer has been settled in or bought.

I am really interested in how these transfer window turns out!

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Bob Koh 07/15/2013 - 02:10

All it took was one declaration of intend from Pep, as reported in online news, for Thiago to sign for Bayern Munich. Before that Spanish manager Vicente del Bosque had a say Thiago getting games. Yet another disappointment for United fans. Moyes better sign two very good MF soon or we’re behind even before the season starts.

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