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Thiago Alcantara on the radar for Manchester United as Bayern hint at selling a midfielder this summer

Manchester United have been linked with a former midfield target in the newspapers on Thursday. Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, a target for United under the management of David Moyes five years ago. Back then, it seemed certain that the Spanish international would be heading to Manchester after a message written on a ball from the UEFA U20 European Championships by United goalkeeper David De Gea after Spain won the competition.

However, after a summer of bumbling, Alcantara signed for Bayern Munich instead with United targeting a number of players, which ended with the signing of Marouane Fellaini from Everton for £27.5 million, £4 million more expensive than the Belgian would have been at the start of the transfer window that summer. The 27-year-old midfielder has been linked to United, Manchester City, and a return to Barcelona this summer.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken about the player, insisting that no club has contacted them for the Spanish international, leaving a hint to suggest that as the club is stacked for midfielders, they could opt to sell him or one of his teammates. Reported by Sport Bild in Germany, Rummenigge said:

“No club has contacted us, nor Thiago. We still plan with him. However, I must say the midfield is stacked. We have 3 or 4 places for 9 players. The squad is great, but if we sell players, I don’t rule out that we will do something in the market.”

Obviously, this does not guarantee anything, it is merely a hint which talks about the strength of Bayern’s midfield with nine players attempting to fit into the formation, which has three or four midfielders. That is some strength-in-depth at the Bundesliga champions, who have won the title six times in a row now. It is hard to ascertain as to whether United are actually interested in the Spaniard this summer. I would suggest the truth into these rumours would be unlikely.

If Alcantara was to leave Bayern this summer, a return to Barcelona could be fitting for the 27-year-old or even a move to City, where he would be managed once again by Pep Guardiola, the manager who took him to the German champions. There is nothing to suggest that the player is unhappy at the club, also no guarantee that Bayern would sell him, just that they would think about it if an offer came for any of their midfield players.

One player recently linked to United is defender Jerome Boateng. On Wednesday, Rummenigge confirmed that the club would listen to ‘important’ offers for the 29-year-old, who has previously played in the Premier League for Manchester City, winning the FA Cup before leaving based on his playing position, seemingly played in the right-back position when a central role in defence was what he wanted, and got at Bayern, winning 14 major honours, including the UEFA Champions League during his career at the Bavarian club.

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