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Report: Manchester United will NOT move for Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara

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Apparently dropping United’s name is a tactic to get Liverpool to hurry up with their bid.

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According to a report by the Manchester Evening News (primarily focused on Sancho), Manchester United have no intention of making a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The Spaniard’s contract expires next summer, and the Bavarians are looking to sell him after he rejected a contract extension.

Most reports indicate that Liverpool are Thiago’s primary destination, with Jurgen Klopp known to be a huge fan of the player. However, since the Reds are experiencing pandemic related financial problems and already possess plenty of midfielders, the progress on the transfer has been slow. Bayern probably want them to get on with it, so they’ve resorted to bringing United’s name into the conversation.

However, according to the ManUtd side of things, they are perfectly fine with Donny van de Beek and don’t need Thiago. One must wonder WHY they didn’t go for Thiago instead of the Dutchman, but I’m not Ed Woodward. In any case, this means that Liverpool have no reason to hurry up on the Thiago transfer, and the prospect of losing the Spaniard on a free is becoming a very real possibility.

If things continue like this, will Bayern decide to lower their 30m euro asking price? Doubtful. It’s more likely that the club bosses let Thiago leave for free next season. Missing out on a transfer fee for such an incredible player will hurt, but maybe the added time could convince the Spaniard to extend. That’s the most we can hope for at this point, unless Liverpool comes up with the money at the last minute.