The possibility of Thiago Alcantara coming back to Barcelona is becoming clearer as Bayern Munich have set a price on the Spanish midfielder.
Catalan newspaper Sport are reporting that if Barcelona want to bring back the La Masia graduate, they would have to pay €50 million and left-back, Lucas Digne.
Initially, Bayern Munich had set a price tag of €70 million on the Spain international.
The inclusion of Digne would benefit Bayern as they are searching for a back-up for David Alaba. Their current back-up, Juan Bernat, is on the list, along with Thiago, of players that the German side are looking to offload, as per SB Nation.
Lack of game time at Bayern
Rumors of a return for Thiago were out there since last season with the midfielder reportedly looking for a way back to Camp Nou. There were talks with the Barcelona board but the 27-year-old Spanish international ultimately wound up signing a new contract with Bayern.
However, this time around, Thiago seems more receptive as he still has not become a regular starter for Bayern and played less under Jupp Heynckes.
Despite general manager, Pep Segura, telling Mundo Deportivo that Thiago’s return was off the table because “those who leave Barcelona don’t come back, a return would be welcomed by both sides.
Return home for Thiago
Reports stated that some of Barcelona’s more influential players, would welcome their former teammate back with open arms. They believe that he has the quality to succeed at the club and with his past, should have little to no trouble in integrating with the team.
Thiago would fill the void left by Andres Iniesta and presents a simpler solution to Barcelona’s midfield problem.
The team has spent the last few transfer window signing midfielders only to see them struggle with adapting to the team’s style. With Arthur rumoured to be arriving in January, Barcelona cannot take the risk of the Brazilian failing to adapt quickly.
Thiago first left the club back in 2013 for a relatively low fee due to a clause in his contract tied to number of appearances. If the price reportedly set by Bayern is true, it’s enticing for the Catalan club considering the current state of the market.