Thiago Alcantara Should Still Consider Switch to Bayern Munich

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2013

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 18:  Thiago Alcantara of Spain during the UEFA European U21 Championships Final match between Spain and Italy at Teddy Stadium on June 18, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Thiago Alcantara is one of the best young prospects in the world, and he should get an opportunity to play for the best clubs. This means that he should make a move to Bayern Munich.

The Barcelona midfielder is reportedly close to a transfer with Manchester United, according to FOX Soccer:

Reports have emerged in Spain, though, that representatives of both clubs will meet next week to finalise the transfer.

Thiago is available at a cut-price £17million as he did not feature in the number of first-team games stated in his Barca contract and it is claimed will sign a five-year deal to become Moyes' first significant capture since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, we have learned plenty of times in the transfer process that deals are not over until the contract is signed by all parties. Until then, anything can happen.

As a result, new Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola should do whatever it takes to bring his former player to the German side.

According to Gary Jones of the Daily Star, this is certainly a possibility:

Manchester United's deal to bring Thiago Alcantara to England could be hijacked by German giants Bayern Munich.

According to Spanish paper Sport, the Bundesliga outfit would be Alcantara's second choice for a summer move. One draw for the young starlet would be the chance to work with former Barca boss Pep Guardiola, who have a great shot at retaining the Champions League trophy next season.

One of the primary reasons that Thiago is looking for a new club is the fact that he did not get onto the pitch as much as he would have liked last season under Tito Vilanova. He only started 15 matches in La Liga, and that number does not appear likely to increase with some of the most talented midfielders in the world in his way. 

However, Guardiola seemed to have had more faith in the young player when he managed Barcelona during the 2011-12 season. He found a way to get him playing time and the midfielder ended up starting 20 matches.

The manager will have plenty of freedom to try out new formations at his new job with the German club. He is already considering utilizing a 4-1-4-1 system, according to ESPN's Stephan Uersfeld.

Even with talented midfielders on the roster, Thiago could find a role where he will be well-utilized as a playmaker on the offensive end. Although Manchester United might be able to guarantee more playing time, he might have a better opportunity to thrive with elite players at Bayern.

A major goal for the 22-year-old phenom is finding a place where he can maximize his chances of making Spain's national team for the World Cup, according to Geoff Sweet of The Sun.

If he joins the defending Champions League winners and plays well, he will certainly gain plenty of notoriety. While the EPL provides plenty of media coverage, winning the Treble does not exactly get overlooked.

In reality, Thiago should be able to succeed wherever he goes. He was the captain and MVP of Spain's U-21 European Championship, and in that tournament, he displayed a great deal of technique, plus the finishing ability to make plays like this:

The midfielder is certain to help any team that is willing to give him a chance, which is likely anyone except Barcelona.

However, it is important to consider all options before making a career-defining move. Both Manchester United and Bayern Munich represent good opportunities, but joining the Bundesliga squad with his former manager simply makes too much sense not to do it. 


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