When you read about Bayern Munich’s latest recruit Thiago Alcantara you undoubtedly come across the name of his old man. Thiago’s father is of course Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho. He played 35 times for Selecao and spent the last seven years of his career in Spain with Valencia, Celta Vigo and Elche.
It is for that reason that both his sons played for the youth teams of Barcelona; where Mazinho worked as a scout.
It is good filler and good trivia all in one bundle for those wanting to up their word count or to highlight something perhaps not everyone knows about Thiago; easily one of Europe’s top talents.
But this news story actually invariably involves both father and son for once; as within 24 hours of each other they have strenuously denied claims over the reported interest of Manchester United this summer.
It started with the elder Alcantara; with Dad stating this about the interest from United:
‘’Thiago was very close to signing with Manchester United. They had talks. But they couldn't find an agreement."
That would go with the regular rhetoric. United were widely reported to be on the chase for Thiago this summer with many news outlets even suggesting the deal was as good as done at some point in time.
But, from the horse’s mouth, comes a completely different tale. The player himself has categorically pooh-poohed the idea that United ever made an approach to sign him this summer:
"The truth is that in no moment did United come to us and talk to us. It came from the press, it was always a lie,"
Wouldn’t want to be at the next Alcantara family reunion.
But it seems the latter might be correct. It seems that all summer the main target of David Moyes has been a different, slightly more expensive, Barcelona midfielder in the form of Cesc Fabregas.
The business sense of that deal seems off in my eyes.
The fact is Thiago could have been signed for half of the price and United would certainly not be getting half the player.
Some might argue a language issue as the reason to go with Cesc and not Thiago; well Thiago speaks fluent English so that has no basis either.
It just seems Moyes has his eyes set on one man; and as many have done to him in the past he will stop at nothing to get him.
Do you think United were ever interested in Thiago Alcantara?
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