Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona target Bayern Munich star as Coutinho alternative

As per a report from Don Balon, Barcelona are ready to make a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who actually came up through the youth ranks in Catalonia.


As has been common knowledge for some time now, Barca are on the lookout for attack-minded midfield reinforcements, with the Blaugrana having failed in a big-money, public chase of Liverpool crown jewel Philippe Coutinho during the summer.

Numerous reports have since claimed that the Blaugrana will return with a massive offer for Coutinho in January, but, if, as expected, Liverpool hold firm on their Brazilian star once again, then the La Liga giants will look to the Bundesliga for their big-name midfield addition.

Gifted technician

And, as per the aforementioned report from Don Balon, the man who Ernesto Valverde and co. have in mind is none other than Thiago Alcantara.

Thiago, brother of current Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, joined Barca’s youth setup in 2005, before breaking into the club’s first-team in 2009.

However, his emergence coincided with a spell during which one of the greatest midfields of all-time were plying their trade at the Camp Nou, with Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and more having made the pathway to regular minutes a tough one for Thiago.

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Nevertheless, during his time spent on the pitch, the technically-gifted midfield dynamo looked a genuine talent, with many fans of the club having earmarked Thiago as the natural heir to Xavi.

German ventures

As a result, it came as a hammer blow to many of the Camp Nou faithful when their classy youngster was sold to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich for just 25 million Euro.

It is in Germany that Thiago has truly flourished, with his reunion with Pep Guardiola having allowed the 23-time capped Spanish international to express himself on the pitch.

He has since developed into a key man for the Bavarians, and racked up 8 goals and 8 assists between the league and Champions league last season.

Spanish return?

However, the board at the Allianz Arena may now be set for a fight to hold onto their creative gem, with Barcelona reportedly readying a substantial bid to bring Thiago back to Catalonia.

In even more worrying news for Bayern, a number of outlets have suggested that the player himself would be seriously tempted by a return to La Liga.

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