The father-son relationship between Pep Guardiola and his protégé Thiago Alcântara could be set to continue at a third club.
Spanish outlet El Confidencial is reporting today that City have taken significant steps to complete a deal for the 25-year-old central midfielder.
‘Hispano-Brasileño’ Thiago is one of the players who most understands what Pep Guardiola wants from a team, having grown up in La Masia and worked with Guardiola at two clubs. Though the likes of Fernandinho and Fernando have qualities, the article points out that they are not true Guardiola midfielders and that he wants drastic changes in how City’s midfield functions. A signing such as Thiago would give Pep a player he trusts and who buys into his footballing philosophy.
El Confidencial are confident that City have reached an advanced stage in their efforts to sign Thiago, and a big reason is the man who represents the player – Pere Guardiola, brother of Pep, who is also the representative of Barcelona forward Luis Suárez. Pere has forged a close relationship with Manchester City in the past year, the working relationship with Spanish club Girona, a club he has a significant stake in, an example.
No fee is mentioned, but the article sounds very confident that Thiago Alcântara will join his mentor at Manchester City this summer. Bayern Munich may have other ideas, but this is one to keep an eye on…