Manchester United and Chelsea have enquired about the availability of Thiago Alcantara this week.
The Premier League transfer deadline is approaching soon, and the big clubs are still looking to complete signings that will help them lift trophies next season. Manchester United and Chelsea are two clubs who are yet to make any significant moves this summer.
The Red Devils have sealed three deals – Diogo Dalot, Fred, and Lee Grant, but they are squad players rather than an upgrade to existing options. On the other hand, Jorginho, who came in with Sarri from Napoli, is the only first team player Chelsea have signed.
The Premier League giants have been linked with a number of players over the past week. According to ESPN, both United and Chelsea have now contacted Bayern Munich to enquire about their Spanish midfielder, Thiago Alcantara.
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The 27-year old is poised to make a move away from the Allianz Arena. The German Champions are pretty much stacked in the midfield department, with the likes of Javi Martinez, Arturo Vidal, Sebastian Rudy, and Corentin Tolisso playing in the same position as Thiago.
Therefore, the Spaniard wants to move on from Bayern Munich, as he expects a lack of playing time next season.
Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic mentioned that the club wanted to keep hold of Thiago. But earlier this summer, reports emerged that Bayern Munich would allow the player to leave for €70 million.
Thiago was expecting to make a return to Barcelona, but Blaugranas refused to match Bayern’s valuation. With his former club out of the fray, the Premier League seems to be his most likely destination.
Manchester United surely have the upper hand if this goes into a bidding war. The Reds could boast about their Champions League status to bring Thiago to Old Trafford, but the Blues wouldn’t have this luxury, as they finished outside the top 4 last season, only securing a Europa League spot.