The player’s father – Brazilian legend Mazinho – claimed the Old Trafford club were close to agreeing a deal for the young midfielder, only for Pep Guardiola to tempt him to the Allianz Arena with a late offer.
“Thiago was very close to signing with Manchester United,” he told a Brazilian radio station.
“They watched him at the Under-21 European Champions, and after it was finished, they had talks. But they couldn’t find an agreement.
“Thiago knew it would be very hard to play matches at Barcelona, and his goal is to play with Spain at the 2014 World Cup.”
United manager David Moyes denied he was ever interested in signing the young Spaniard, and has since turned his attention to Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas.
The Scot has come under fire for his failure to land a marquee signing so far this summer, and questions will be asked as to why the Alcantara deal was never pushed through, despite reports in Spain suggesting United had already agreed a £17million fee for the player with Barcelona.
To rub salt in the wounds further, Thiago has enjoyed an impressive start to life at Bayern Munich, starring in their recent friendly win over Barcelona.
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