Former Barcelona player Thiago Alcantara, currently at Bayern Munich, is on the transfer market. The German club will sell him after seeing he is not in new coach Niko Kovac's plans and at Barcelona, various key players want to bring him back.
Some of the most important Barcelona players have told president Josep Maria Bartomeu not to let this moment slip. They think he will be ideal to return after five seasons at Bayern Munich, having matured, learned from another league and improved in various aspects of his game, especially defensively.
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Barcelona players think he will have an important role next season now captain Iniesta is gone, with Coutinho fitting in better as a forward rather than a midfielder and Arthur an unknown quantity. The player would like to return for sporting and family reasons.
Thiago has a good relationship with various squad members he came through the youth system with - Alba, Busquets, Pique, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto - whom he also often meets on Spain duty.
With some of them he went off for a mini-break, along with Betis star Marc Bartra, as pictured above.
Bayern want to get 80 million euros for Thiago, although Barcelona will try to lower that. A deal may be struck around 50m, although it all depends on Barca's negotiating skills and Bayern's posture.