Manchester City have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara, but any deal would only go through if City manage to land Pep Guardiola as their manager, according to German source TZ.
Manchester City are looking to refresh an ageing squad this summer with Yaya Toure one of several players looking close to the exit door and so reinforcements will be needed.
Former Barca star Thiago has finally returned to the playing squad at Bayern after over a year out and has made two league starts for the Bavarians since returning.
The Spaniard’s current deal lasts until 2017 and so any City move would likely cost more than the £18 million fee that saw him move to Germany in 2013.
The deal however, hangs on Pep Guardiola joining the Citizens if Manuel Pellegrini departs at the end of the current campaign.
Guardiola is favourite to take the reigns at City after Bild reported that he met with City sporting director Txiki Begiristain two weeks ago to discuss his current contract.
Begiristain is said to have met with Guardiola in a hotel to negotiate a deal to bring him to the Etihad Stadium, and that could see Thiago follow as he did when the former Barca coach joined Bayern in 2013.
Would Thiago be a good signing for Manchester City? Would Pep Guardiola be the ideal appointment?