Bayern boss reserved on Thiago talks
Bayern Munich's sports director Matthias Sammer reacted reservedly on Friday to the demand of new coach Pep Guardiola for the German powerhouse to sign Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.
"That is entirely okay. But we will not comment about that at the current point in time," Sammer told the mass daily Bild.
Guardiola a day earlier admitted that he absolutely wanted to have the Barcelona player, saying: "Either Thiago or nothing."
The coach said the 22-year-old Alcantara is a very good player who can play five positions in the midfield. The captain of Spain's Under-21 European Championship winning side has a deal with Barcelona until 2015 but an early opt-out for 18 million euros (23.5 million dollars).
The magazine Sport reported that Bayern would notify Barcelona that they will pay the 18 million euros, which would increase to 21.7 million with taxes.
El Mundo Deportivo meanwhile wrote that Barcelona are waiting for talks between the clubs, who the paper said have a gentlemen's agreement to not buy-out players from their contracts without the contest of the other club.
Barcelona's motto is players will not be held against their will. The paper said that if Thiago wants to transfer to Bayern, the player must officially notify Barcelona of his intention.
Barcelona and Bayern will face off in Munich in a friendly as part of the Uli Hoeness Cup on July 24.