Later News Sep 03

Manchester United invited to steal Thiago from under Liverpool's noses

Manchester United may already have confirmed the signing of Ajax star Donny van de Beek, but they appear to be looking to strengthen their midfield further, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer invited to consider bringing Thiago Alcantara to Old Trafford, ESPN reports.


The Bayern Munich midfielder’s contract with the Bundesliga champions and European Champions League winners expires next year, but the Spanish player, who moved from Barcelona to Munich seven years ago, has made it quite clear he has no intention of extending his contract. 


WATCH: Thiago and Rodri put on an exhibition during national team training


Liverpool have long been linked with the 29-year-old Thiago, but appear uninterested in meeting Bayern’s €30 million (S$48.4m) demand for the player’s move during this period of financial uncertainty. They may need to lose a player to make way for the Spaniard, and Georginio Wijnaldum’s move could pave the way for that. Wijnauldum is apparently wanted by new Barcelona boss and Dutch compatriot Ronald Koeman, but the troubled Catalan giants, who could lose Lionel Messi this transfer window, have yet to make a bid for the Liverpool man.


This has led to Bayern inviting Manchester United to negotiate for Thiago in the hope of securing a deal closer to their valuation of the player.


Meanwhile, as United fans look forward to seeing new £39 million (S$70.7m) signing Donny van de Beek in action in their colours next season, Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar – himself a former Red Devil – penned a classy open letter to the Manchester United faithful.


In it, Van der Sar, who was Manchester United’s No 1 from 2005 to 2011, said Ajax was sad to lose van de Beek but understood that it was time for the youngster to move on and dream.


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“And where better to do so than in your theatre. Trust me, I know,” said the former Dutch international. 


“Please take good care of our Donny, and help him dream,” added van der Sar, before signing off with, “Enjoy the future.”


Classy indeed, from the former United star.




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