According to ESPN, Manchester United are monitoring the situation of Thiago at Bayern Munich.
The midfielder has a year left on his contract with the Champions League holders, but has been heavily linked with Liverpool all summer long.
Jurgen Klopp’s side seem to be holding out, however. It appears they’ll only swoop if a space opens up in midfield, most likely by selling Gini Wijnaldum to Barcelona.
That leaves the door ajar for United to negotiate with the man they first tried to sign back in 2013, under David Moyes (Guardian).
ESPN claim Bayern are trying to start a bidding war between us and Liverpool.
And Thiago’s comments on United’s failed bid to sign him may hint that one player in our ranks could make the difference when it comes to getting him second time around.
Agent de Gea?
As per the Telegraph previously, de Gea wanted Thiago to join United back in 2013. He tried to convince him and even wrote a message to that effect on the match ball the midfielder earned with a hat-trick in the final against Italy, saying ‘see you in Manchester’.
Thiago is clearly a fan of de Gea, too. He called him ‘one of the greatest’ goalkeepers in world football during that same interview and said he always wants to play with players of that same calibre.
As it comes to the crunch again, perhaps de Gea’s strong relationship with Thiago could make the difference.
Liverpool’s dallying isn’t exactly going to make Thiago feel wanted at Anfield and perhaps de Gea can convince him his future lies at United.
Another reason for optimism?
Back in June, Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague tweeted his knowledge of how the situation went between United and Thiago back in 2013.
He claims Thiago’s agent called United directly twice, trying to earn a transfer to Old Trafford from Barcelona.
Apparently, he wasn’t a player to David Moyes’s liking.
We ended up signing Marouane Fellaini that summer, for £27.5 million as per BBC.
According to Balague, Bayern landed Thiago for 21.7 million euros (£19.3 million) after United turned him down.
Hopefully, United’s boardroom incompetence over that episode hasn’t dampened the desire Thiago had back then to ply his trade at the Theatre of Dreams.
On top of that, De Gea should try once again to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s secret weapon this time around, even though it did not work the first time.