Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will meet in the Champions League quarter-finals next week and both teams are already looking forward to the game. It will be a big clash and a European classic, because they’ve met several times in the last few years, including the semifinals in 2014.
This will be a special game also for Carlo Ancelotti and Xabi Alonso, both with a past linked to Real Madrid. And Los Blancos are now targeting the Bayern Múnich midfielder Thiago Alcántara, according the Spanish site OKDiario. He left Barcelona four years ago, in the summer of 2013 for €25M.
Thiago Alcántara was looking for new opportunities because he had several problems to enjoy some minutes with Barcelona with Xavi Hernández as a team-mate. However, he could win 4 La Liga titles with Barcelona and he has won three Bundesliga trophies in his time spent in Germany.
Despite the serious injuries in his knees, Thiago Alcántara is one of the best midfielder of the world. He’s just 25 years old but he has great experience, both in the clubs and with the Spanish national team. This season he’s played 22 games in Bundesliga, scoring 4 goals. He’s a very important player for Carlo Ancelotti, who trusts him both as a midfielder near Xabi Alonso or as a playmaker.
It wouldn’t be an easy signing for Los Blancos. Bayern Munich paid a lot of money for him and his transfer wouldn’t be cheaper than €50M. After signing Toni Kroos, it could be a similar transfer, although the German midfielder was willing to leave Munich, whereas it would be tough to convince Thiago to move to Madrid after spending a lot of years in Barcelona.
Taking in consideration Modric’ age, Thiago Alcántara could be the perfect replacement for the Croatian midfielder. His only problem is the physical condition, but Thiago Alcántara looks fitter than ever and we can see him playing in live in the Champions League quarter-finals tie against Real Madrid. This would be a good option for Florentino Pérez to start with the contacts for the transfer.