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Man Utd on alert as Guardiola says he wants Thiago at Bayern

“I want Thiago Alcantara. I have asked Bayern to get him,” he said. “I don’t know what will happen.

FC Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola.
FC Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola.
Image: Matthias Schrader/AP/Press Association Images

BAYERN MUNICH MANAGER Pep Guardiola has confirmed he wants to sign Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Reports during the close-season suggested the 22-year-old was set for a move to Premier League champions Manchester United, but it now looks like he could reunite with Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.

And the 42-year-old, who handed Thiago his debut at Camp Nou, admitted he has asked the club’s hierarchy to put a bid together for the three-time Spain international.

“I want Thiago Alcantara. I have asked (Bayern to get him),” he said. “I don’t know what will happen.

“I know him very well. I talked to (Karl-Heinz Rummenigge) and (Matthias) Sammer about him, we will wait and see. I don’t think (adding another midfielder) will be a problem. I spoke to the club about my concept and told them why I want Thiago Alcantara.

“Thiago is the only player I want, that’s what I told them. It will be him or no one.  We have many players but we the need the special (quality) that Thiago Alcantara brings.  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.

“I give my opinion, but I listen to the board. If they say no, that’s ok.”

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