Bayern Munich’s Thiago wants Barcelona returnMay 3, 2018
La Masia product Thiago Alacantra is keen to return to Barcelona from Bayern Munich, five years after he left Catalonia for Germany.
The claim comes from Barcelona based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who say that the Spanish international is hoping to engineer a move back to the Camp Nou where his career began.
However, the report also indicates that, for now at least, Barcelona directors are not considering a move for him this summer.
That may be down to the huge asking price that Bayern Munich would put on his head, despite paying only 25 million euros to sign him in 2013 thanks to a release clause activated by the limited amount of game time he had at the club in his final season.
Thiago uncertain over Bayern future
The midfielder, whose brother, Rafinha, could make a Barcelona departure of his own this summer, has three years remaining on his latest contract.
The news comes after Thiago was left out of Jupp Heynckes’ starting line-up to face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, only to replace the injured Arjen Robben after just eight minutes.
The 27-year-old has started 20 games this season, out of a possible 50, mainly due to injury problems, but faces uncertainty over his future with Niko Kovac’s plans for the Spaniard not yet clear until his arrival in the Bayern dugout this summer.