So who should Manchester United sign instead of Thiago?
Thiago Alcantara has sealed his move to Bayern Munich, leaving Manchester United looking on jealously.
So who should the Red Devils target in central midfield instead?
Here are 10 options...
Everton midfield Marouane Fellaini is available for £24 million, and would give United a presence they currently lack. David Moyes knows all about working with him and how to get the best out of him.
Danish prospect Christian Eriksen is keen to leave Ajax for a new challenge, and United could step in. He plays in a further forward position than Thiago, but could give the club an additional spark to light up their summer.
Lazio playmaker Candreva has been tipped as a target for United by numerous reports, and the 26-year-old Italian would not cost over the odds. He scored seven goals and provided eight assists last season.
Kondogbia is a much coveted holding midfielder who can provide United a different option, and is up for sale from Sevilla for around £10 million. Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid have all recently been linked.
United are long-term admirers of Luka Modric, and Asier Illarramendi's arrival at the Bernabeu further clouds the club's midfield options. They can test Carlo Ancelotti's resolve to keep him with a big bid.
Sven Bender is one of Borussia Dortmund's most highly regarded players but niggling injuries restricted the midfielder to 15 Bundesliga starts last season. Dortmund got on fine without him when unavailable and could be tempted to cash in if United stump up a big offer.
PSG's Marco Verratti was linked with United earlier this year, and was Italy's star man at the under-21 championships. The 20-year-old has even been dubbed the new 'Andrea Pirlo' and is expected to be in his country's World Cup squad next year.
United have been linked with Benfica midfielder Matic previously, and the midfielder dubbed 'the Spider' due to his rangy legs and midfield presence is available, but at a price - €30 million. They may consider the price to be over the odds, but the player is keen to play in the Premier League after failing to get a crack first time out with Chelsea.
Dutchman Kevin Strootman has been heavily linked to United, as the box-to-box player they really need. The PSV star is also attracting the interest of Roma, so the club may have to move promptly to avoid being caught short once again.
Ah yes. David Moyes' desperation option. If all else fails, ask Scholesy to come out of retirement. Again.
Who do you want United to go for instead?
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