The transfer sage of the summer started with Manchester United’s target of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona, after finally choosing to move to Bayern Munich, the Spanish midfielder’s father has today confirmed that he was very close to moving to Manchester.
It was reported last month that Thiago’s father, Mazinho and his agent were in Manchester to meet with Manchester United representatives, which at the time was ex CEODavid Gill as most staff were on their summer holidays.
Manchester United were said to have offered Thiago a bumper package of £140,000 a week to join on a five-year deal.
Thiago’s father, Mazinho said:
“Thiago was very close to signing with Manchester United, they had talks. But they couldn’t find an agreement.”
Soon after talks started with United, Thiago’s former manager Pep Guardiola opened his interest in bringing him to the Allianz Arena with Bayern, an offer that Thiago could not turn down.
Manchester United have now moved to the next midfielder on their transfer list, making a new £35million bid for Cesc Fabregas.