After media reports in Spain and Germany have claimed that Thiago Alcantara has already joined the former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, the German club’s sporting director Matthias Sammer has made a statement denying that any deal has been done, although he did not try to hide the fact that the 23-year old midfielder was a prime transfer target for the Bundesliga champions.
Sammer said, “Why would we not talk about it already if we had something signed? Naturally, this is not the case.”
Sammer also spoke about Guardiola, and how impressed he has been by his passion and commitment, as well as how he deals with the pressure and media attention. He told the German press that there was no point in them digging for information about the transfer of Thiago, because he would not reveal anything.
With Barcelona due to resume training tomorrow, Thiago is expected to be present. Except, of course, if the negotiations can be completed today, which Mundo Deportivo reports to be quite likely. There is an issue with the tax, apparently, that the clubs are discussing. Although the release clause is only 18 million euros, the tax involved could almost double that. The paper reports that the two clubs are trying to come to some sort of friendly arrangement that will help Bayern now, but will help Barcelona in the future.