Bayern Munich playmaker could follow Guardiola to City this summer – report

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.

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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?


Manchester United plotting £54m double Bayern Munich raid – report

Manchester United are monitoring Bayern Munich duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Lewandowski as Pep Guardiola ponders whether he requires the pair, according to the Daily Star.

Polish striker Lewandowski is valued at £44 million by, while Schweinsteiger is believed to be available for around £10 million.

Louis Van Gaal has been linked with superstars across Europe as he prepares to dig deep into Manchester United’s finances in an attempt to be challenging on all fronts next season upon the club’s likely return to the Champions League.

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Lewandowski has 16 Bundesliga goals in 26 appearances this season and an impressive 185 goals in 340 club career appearances so far.

He joined Bayern on a free transfer last summer after leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of his contract, and penned a five-year deal with the Bundesliga leaders so it would likely take a big offer to seal his services.

United have been heavily linked with signing a marquee goalscorer as they are reported to be looking to offload the misfiring Radamel Falcao and injury-prone Robin van Persie.

Schweinsteiger has a wealth of experience and could be a key addition to the United squad. He has won the Bundesliga a whopping seven times, as well as a Champions League and a World Cup.

A United move for the 30-year-old German could however be difficult, due to his poor relationship with Louis Van Gaal dating back to his time as Bayern Munich manager.

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Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in both players but United will hope the lure of Premier League football could be a factor.

It wouldn’t be the first time Guardiola has moved on world class players, as he did with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time at Barcelona.

The Bayern manager is ruthless when it comes to change at clubs and holds no sentiment with anyone. His side top the Bundesliga and are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but despite that, it appears he is looking to rejig his squad of superstars this summer.

Do Manchester United need Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Lewandowski? Should they make moves for both?