Barcelona are planning on bringing back La Masia graduate Thiago Alcantara after more than six years since his departure from the Camp Nou.
Barcelona are planning to try and lure Thiago Alcantara back to the club, four years after he left his departure from the Nou Camp. The Catalan Giants had Thiago on their books before the attacking midfielder joined Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window of 2013. Alcantara was snapped up by former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola during his time with Bayern after the talented midfielder‘s release clause dropped to around £15 m because he didn’t play 60 per cent of Barcelona’s matches.
The 28 year old however is unhappy with life at the Allianz Arena and is contemplating a return to his former club after struggling for minutes under newly appointed Hansi Flick. The former Blaugrana player made 42 appearances for the Bundesliga side last season but has managed only 6 appearances since the sacking of Niko Kovac, out of which only three were as a starter. The Spaniard’s situation has seemingly led to interest from his ex-club who are keen on agreeing a new contract with the playmaker.
The former Blaugrana star who was once compared to the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta made 100 appearances for the first-team before leaving for the Bavarian club in 2013. The 28 year old has made 214 times for the Bundesliga Giants driving them to 13 trophies along the way. Thiago has just over 18 months remaining on his existing deal leaving Bayern in a position where they must consider their stance over a player who remains a frequent member of the starting lineup.
The Spaniard reportedly has his heart set on a La Liga return despite the Bundesliga champions wanting to tie him down for the future. Barcelona’s sporting director Robert Fernandez, was in attendance for Bayern’s Champions League demolition of Arsenal according to Spanish source Cadena Ser. Arsenal and Manchester City have also been tentatively linked with a swoop for the 28 year old who starred with a brace in the first leg of Bayern‘s 10-2 aggregate win against the Gunners.