Thiago could reportedly join Manchester United, despite strong whispers that the midfielder is heading to Liverpool. The Bayern Munich star will leave the Allianz Arena this summer after failing to agree a new contract.
The 29-year-old still has one year remaining on his current deal but he has stressed that he wants to move on to a new challenge.
Thiago has won seven Bundesliga titles in Bavaria but this may be his last chance to join another big club and test his ability in a different league.
Liverpool are said to have emerged as potential suitors with Bayern willing to sell Thiago for £31million.
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed on Friday that the player will leave the club but there have been no negotiations with Liverpool.
Now in a surprising twist, Bild claim that Thiago could actually end up at Manchester United.
There was talk in the Bayern dressing room that Thiago was heading to Anfield but now it looks like the Reds have competition.
Ed Woodward has taken out a loan of £140million to help United land their top targets.
This is not the first time that United have been linked with a move for Thiago.
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In fact, he came close to moving to Old Trafford in the summer of 2013 during David Moyes’ time at the club.
Guillem Balague recently shed light on the ordeal which eventually saw Thiago join Bayern.
“He asked his agent (Pep’s brother) to get him a transfer from Barcelona to #MUFC. It was a cheap deal: Bayern eventually paid €21.7m as FCB didn’t play him more than 60% of the minutes the previous season,” Balague said on Twitter.
“If they had, he would have cost €90m (FCB forgot about that clause?). David Moyes decided he was not a player for him at United.
“Thiago could not believe it and being in Munich to sign the contract to join Pep’s team, asked his agent to ring MUFC again. Same answer, not a player needed. Then he decided to join Bayern.”
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