Manchester City are monitoring the performances of Bayer Munich’s Thiago Alcântara, Manuel Pellegrini might attempt to capture the midfielder from the German champions in the January or summer transfer window.
However Thiago is likely to be central to Pep Guardiola’s future plans, although City comprehend that Bayern would be open to selling the Spaniard if the offer is extortionate enough. City may well face stiff competition whilst trying to acquire Thiago with the midfielder being linked to a wide range of European clubs in recent years.
City appear to be short of options in the central midfield position and have looked ever reliant upon Yaya Touré and Fernandinho this season, the pair have started every Premier League City have played. With Touré entering the latter stages of his career at the age of 32 and Fernandinho displaying limitations when asked to join in City’s attack, Thiago could be the injection of creativity that City’s central midfield craves.
Fernando has looked lethargic and ineffectual since joining Manchester City. The Brazilian’s lack of game time so far this season suggests that Manuel Pellegrini is dissatisfied with the attributes he possesses and that he could well be departing from the club in January. Fernando’s lack of belonging at City is further proof that they need to strengthen the central of their midfield and Thiago would be a great replacement, as a result of his level of adaptability.
Thiago has the ability to control the tempo of a game with his deft ball control and concise passing. The Spaniard is undoubtedly a versatile midfielder and can protect his defence with his sharp awareness and positioning whilst being highly efficient when receiving the ball.
Thiago’s flair is indicated by the fact that he has three assists in just two Champions League appearances this season. However If City are to pay a monumental price for Thiago they will surely be expecting an increase in Thiago’s goal scoring rate, the midfielder is yet to score for Bayern this season, but did contribute last season with a respectable 10 goals in all competitions.
City are likely to try and negotiate a deal to bring Paul Pogba to The Etihad, however if that deal is not negotiable then Thiago Alcântara could be the man to fill the emerging gap in their midfield.