The Mail on Sunday reports the 27-year-old is the defensive midfielder the City boss wants to provide the balance that his attack-minded side needs. With Fernandinho in the twilight of his career, Guardiola wants the Spain international to provide a calming influence in the centre of the pitch.
The Catalan made it clear that while older players are key to his squad, they aren’t expected to play a pivotal role. David Silva, 32, is a similar age to Fernandinho and Guardiola observed that “Next season, David maybe will not play every game, that’s why the squad has to be big.”
Thiago was a Guardiola signing when he was in charge at the Allianz Arena and the Spaniard quickly became a pivotal figure in the Bayern line-up.
With a deal which doesn’t expire until 2021, Thiago won’t come cheap and already a fee of £50m is being mentioned. That won’t be a problem for City to fund; it’s a club desperate to reach the peak of European football and money is not going to be a barrier to that.