David Moyes snubbed Thiago at Man Utd after Sir Alex Ferguson secured transfer
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Liverpool are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of Bayern Munich ace Thiago Alcantara, with the Premier League champions now in advanced talks over a £25million deal for the midfielder.
Daily Star Sport understands both Liverpool and Bayern expect the move to be completed following months of speculation.
The Reds will pay an initial £20million for Thiago and a further £5million in bonuses, which comes as a blow to fellow suitors United.
However, things could have worked out very differently for them had David Moyes not snubbed a move for the Spain international seven years ago.
According to ESPN, legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson brokered a deal to sign Thiago after being made aware of his desire to leave Barcelona in 2013.
Ferguson reportedly lined up a £17million move for the player, who was 22 years old at the time, but when the Scot retired his compatriot Moyes vetoed it.
The latter is said to have done so because he didn’t know enough about Thiago, meaning he instead targeted a move for another Barca star in Cesc Fabregas.
And when that failed, he eventually signed former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague revealed more about Moyes’ snub of Thiago earlier this summer.
“[Thiago] asked his agent (Pep [Guardiola]’s brother) to get him a transfer from Barcelona to #MUFC,” Balague posted on Twitter.
“It was a cheap deal: Bayern eventually paid €21.7m [£19.9m) as FCB didn’t play him more than 60% of the minutes the previous season. If they had, he would have cost €90m (FCB forgot about that clause?)
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“David Moyes decided he was not a player for him at United. Thiago could not believe it and being in Munich to sing the contract to join Pep’s team, asked his agent to ring MUFC again.
“Same answer, not a player needed. Then he decided to join Bayern”.
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