Pep Guardiola is refusing to concede defeat to Liverpool in the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara this summer.
In fact, the Catalan coach is reportedly ‘in talks’ with his former side about the possibility of also signing Kingsley Coman and David Alaba in a sensational triple swoop.
Guardiola worked with Thiago at Barcelona and even brought him to Bavaria in 2013, and he needs to fill the void created by David Silva following the end of his contract at the Etihad.
However, the Bayern midfielder is a keen admirer of Jurgen Klopp and has been chased by the Reds all summer – with a report from Bild even suggesting a deal is done.
Yet Soccer Link in France claim City have ‘stepped on the accelerator’ in their attempts to bring the Spain international to Manchester this summer, despite Liverpool having a ‘clear advantage’.
In the same report, moves for Alaba and Coman are also mentioned and it would be quite understandable given how the four-time Premier League champions looked vulnerable in defence without Vincent Kompany.
The club are also dealing with the loss of Leroy Sane to the Bundesliga champions, a move which Soccer Link also claim got the English side ‘worked up’ given the way they approached the player before signing him.
But despite their defensive deficiencies and the loss of Sane, it appears as though the focus remains on beating the Reds to the signing of Thiago this summer.