Man City plot £50m raid for Thiago Alcantara

Newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City are already planning their assault on the title for next season with a £50m raid on Bayern Munich for midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

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Thiago Alcantara was signed by current City boss Pepe Guardiola for €25m in 2013

British publication The Daily Mail is claiming that Pepe Guardiola is looking to raid his former club Bayern Munich for Thiago Alcantara, a player he signed for €25m when he was the manager of Bayern Munich back in 2013.

Guardiola also managed Thiago at Barcelona who he raided to bring to Bayern back in 2013.

It now seems the City manager is looking for a long-term replacement for David Silva who he expects won’t play as many games next season due to the player’s age.

With Silva, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure all in their 30’s, Pepe will be looking to freshen up the City midfield with younger proven world-class players that will allow City to maintain their domestic dominance and challenge again for European honours.

The Spain international is contracted to Bayern until 2021, but a bid in the region of £50m would tempt Bayern to part with the former Barcelona man.

Thiago who missed the last World Cup through a bad knee injury will be hoping to make Spains final-23 man squad for this summers World Cup in Russia. He has won a total of 25 caps to date, scoring five goals. A good World Cup could potentially increase his price-tag which could make him a more expensive signing for City.