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Thiago Alcantara Is In Demand

After watching Bayern Munich give Barcelona a footballing lesson last night it was clear to see why Thiago Alcantara is in demand.

I had to watch the game twice last night because the last time I saw a demolition like that was Germany’s 7 – 1 win over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup. The control Bayern Munich had against Barcelona was ridiculous, they completely overpowered and outplayed the opposition from start to finish.

Bayern win 8 -2 against Barcelona Image Credit – BT sport

This was mainly down to the performance of Spanish International Thiago. He produced an absolute masterclass in the middle of the park.

According to WhoScored, Thiago took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 96%, took 84 touches of the ball, attempted three dribbles, made one tackle and one interception.

One moment from the game summed up his performance, and supreme abilities on the whole. Sitting deep in midfield Thiago effortlessly played a glorious no look pass to Goretzka, which led to Gnabry’s strike. This goal made it 3 – 1 on the night.

This was one of three no look passes he did in this game. The man is joke to watch. Trying passes like this in the quarter finals of the CL just shows how naturally gifted he is and the confidence he has on the ball. In terms of real quality, technique and unique skill there’s not many that come close.

So are Bayern wiling to let their Magician go?

Yes is the answer. Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has admitted in recent weeks that talks with Thiago over a new contract have broken down. The former Barcelona man has decided to move on. With Thiago having only one year remaining on his current contract it looks as though the German champions want to sell him this year rather than letting him go on a free next year.

For a player that is going to be at his peak for the next two or three years, whoever is getting him is getting an absolute diamond. Especially when its rumoured that he’s for sale around the £25 million mark.

£25 million in footballing terms is the equivalency of about two bags of peanuts these days. Thats ridiculously cheap. Especially when you’re talking about 80m for Jack Grealish. Nothing against Grealish but he’s no Thiago, lets be honest.

Image credit – Bundesliga.com

I can see both Liverpool and Man City going in for him. City will be looking to replace the departing David Silva and Pep knows Thiago well from their success together at Bayern. Also, Liverpool have no players like Thiago in their ranks. If there’s one thing they’re lacking in their midfield then its that technical player. They never replaced Thiago’s current teammate Philippe Coutinho, when he left the Scouser’s for Barcelona.

So far Bayern have not had any approaches for their magician. But with the summer transfer window running until 11pm on October 5th we may even see him sign a new contract at Bayern. If he is to leave though, helping Bayern win the CL for the sixth time would be the perfect way for Thiago to say goodbye.

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