Date: 30th June 2020 at 1:10pm
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In recent comments made while speaking on The Athletic’s Why Always Us? podcast, Jack Pitt-Brooke discussed his adoration of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcântara, as well as Manchester City’s and Liverpool’s reported interest in the player.

Since joining Bayern Munich from Barcelona for a fee of £22.5 million back in 2013, Thiago has gone on to make 230 appearances for the German giants, scoring 31 goals and providing 37 assists.

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However, recent reports have claimed that the Spanish midfielder has not yet responded to Bayern’s latest contract offer, while also stating that he would be interested in a move to the Premier League – with Manchester City and Liverpool both mentioned as potential destinations for the 29-year-old.

Speaking recently on Manchester City’s Why Always Us? podcast, Pitt-Brooke discussed his love of the Bayern midfielder, as well as commenting on the interest in the player.

He said: “I’d love to see Thiago at [Manchester] City, I think he is one of my favourite players in the world, he’s an absolutely astonishing player. I can’t really think of anyone else like him in terms of his ability in passing, touch, ability to run with the ball, get past opponents – even David Silva, as good as he is, doesn’t have that kind of dribbling capacity in quite the same way. He’s an absolutely unique footballer, I love watching him.

“It sounds – I’m not massively on top of this – but it sounds as if he might be leaving Bayern [Munich], and I know that City and Liverpool have both been linked. Look, I’d love to see him in the Premier League, but I would desperately love to see him at City and of course, we know what a massive fan Pep [Guardiola] is of him because, of course, Pep signed him for Bayern from Barca when he took over back in 2013.”

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It could be argued that City potentially hold a better hand than Liverpool for the potential signing of Thiago, as, like Pitt-Brooke states, Guardiola already has a relationship with the player – first coaching him at Barcelona before signing him for Bayern.

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However, with City still waiting to hear whether or not their two-year ban from European football will be upheld, one would assume that, should City not be able to participate in the Champions League, it would be unlikely for a player in his prime to want a move to the club.