Bayern Munich have emerged as favourites to sign highly-rated 22-year-old Thiago Alcantara, after newly-appointment Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola admitted his interest in reuniting with his fellow Spaniard. 

Guardiola told reporters: "It is either Thiago or nothing. I don't know what's going to happen. 

"We have to wait. But I know him very well. He is a super, super player."

"He can play in three, four or five positions." 

Thiago is now expected to snub any formal approach from Manchester United, who were firmly in the race to claim the signature of the Barcelona midfielder, in favour of resuming his career with the former Barcelona manager. 

Guardiola handed the Spaniard his senior debut in May 2009 at the tender age of 18.

The 22-year old is said to want a move away from the Spanish champions, in an attempt to force his way into Vicente del Bosque's Spanish squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The Barcelona midfielder captained the Spanish U21s to European glory earlier this summer, scoring a hat-trick in the first half of the final against Italy.

If either Munich or United are going to land the Spaniard, they will have to cough up the reported £17million release clause in the 22-year old's contract.

Guardiola will be hoping Thiago will join summer signings Mario Gotze and Jan Kirkhhoff at the Allianz Arena.


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