Barcelona might look to fill in the void, left by Andres Iniesta, by bringing Thiago back to Camp Nou
The Catalans have had a fairly decent season, where they went unbeaten before losing 5-4 to Levante on their way to the domestic crown. But the unparalleled European domination by Real Madrid and the departure of their midfield maestro, Iniesta, has taken the sheen off their season.
While rumours about a possible interest in Griezmann have been circling for a while, SPORT has reported that Bayern Munich has decided to put Thiago Alcantara up for sale at €70m and Barcelona are keen to get their hands on the midfielder. The Bavarian giants, who are preparing for a squad rebuild under their new head coach Niko Kovac, might be willing to lower the price for the Spaniard if Barcelona allows Lucas Digne to go the other way. The Frenchman will be a great option behind David Alaba with Juan Bernat expected to leave them.
The midfielder has been exceptional since joining Bayern. He has more Goals, Key passes, Chances created, a better pass completion rate when compared to the iconic Iniesta this season, despite having spent lesser minutes on the pitch. The fact that the Spanish core at Barcelona has asked the club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, to personally take charge of the transfer shows how highly he is rated.
Personally, this might be the right move for the player involved as well. He left Barcelona when their midfield boasted the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets and the aforementioned Iniesta. Now with everyone gone, apart from Busquets, and an opportunity to don the famous shirt once again, it certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea to return to his old stomping ground and have another go at achieving greatness.
Thiago is one of the best in the business and would add a lot to Barcelona’s midfield. His familiarity with the ‘Barcelona way’ of football, owing to a graduation at the famed La Masia, facilitates a seamless transition. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to see a midfield involving Busquets, Thiago and Coutinho setting up the likes of Messi, Suarez, Griezmann and Dembele.