Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola confirms interest in Thiago Alcantara

Both Manchester United and Real Madrid have been linked to Alcantara, who has a market value of around 20 million euros (US$26m) and captained Spain Under-21 to the European title and was voted player of the tournament.

updated: July 11, 2013 16:54 IST
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Riva del Garda, Italy: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola on Thursday confirmed the European champions' interest in Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Spanish media had already linked the 22-year-old Alcantara to the Champions League winners and ex-Barcelona coach Guardiola has admitted he has asked the Bavarian giants to sign the midfielder.

"Yes, I want Thiago Alcantara, I have asked (Bayern to get him)," said Guardiola at Bayern's pre-season training camp in north Italy.

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