Bayern boss Pep Guardiola confirms Man United target Thiago is “the only player I want”

Over the last 12 hours or so, Thiago Alcantara appears to be inching closer to Bayern Munich and further away from Manchester United.

The Premier League champions were thought to be in pole position to snap up Thiago for just 18 million euros thanks to a release clause after he failed to play the requisite number of minutes for Barcelona last season.

Spanish radio station Cadena Cope reported last night that Thiago would in fact be heading to Bayern Munich after agreeing terms with the German giants.

And, on Thursday morning, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has given a press conference confirming last season’s treble winners are interested in signing Thiago.

In fact, Pep commented that the Spain Under-21 star is “the only player I want” and having already worked together at Barcelona, Guardiola has to be favourite to snap up Thiago.

To add to the likelihood that Thiago is off to the Allianz Arena – Pep Guardiola’s brother Pere is the agent of the in-demand Barcelona midfielder.

For new Manchester United boss David Moyes this looks like a blow. The Premier League champions will surely still strengthen their midfield this summer, right?

All of Pep Guardiola’s quotes, via German football expert Rafa Honigstein are below.