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United miss out on yet another top target

Guardiola with Thiago embraceThe news all Manchester United fans have been fearfully expecting over the last few days has finally been confirmed.

Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Barcelona ace Thiago Alcantara.

[Report from Metro]

The Red Devils were keen to land the midfielder, but failed to agree a price with the Spanish giants, who confirmed a fee of £21.6m has now been agreed with the European champions.

‘FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich have reached an agreement over the transfer of the player Thiago Alcantara to the German club for a total of 25 million (euros),’ read a Barca statement.

‘This agreement also includes holding a friendly match between the two teams, which will be played in the next four years.’

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hailed the new arrival, saying: ‘We are delighted that we have succeeded with this great transfer.

‘Thiago has only just been elected the best player of the U21 European Championship.’

The news will come as a blow to United boss David Moyes, who still insists his transfer dealings are progressing at a satisfactory pace.

‘There are people we are actively chasing and we are happy with the way things are going,’ said the Scot.

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