- Thiago Alcantara nursed the ambition of playing at Manchester United at some point in his career
- Veteran defender Ferdinand revealed the Spanish football star asked about joining the Red Devils before his move to Bayern
- The midfielder has now found his way to the Premier League playing for Liverpool after moving to Anfield last summer
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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Thiago Alcantara enquired about joining the Red Devils after leaving Barcelona in 2013.
The 42-year-old said the Spaniard called him to ask if he could arrange his move to Old Trafford but unfortunately, the Premier League had concluded their plans to sign new players.
Ferdinand admitted that he played against the midfielder during one of their preseason tours in the United States but never had any interaction until he ringed him on his phone.
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Rio Ferdinand opens up on his conversation with Thiago
"Before Thiago left Barcelona, he called me. We played against Barcelona in the States on tour, and he was unreal. He was playing as the 10, and he scored a worldie.
"So we knew about him anyway, and a few years later, (David) Moyes was manager. I don't speak to Thiago, I don't know him, but David de Gea gave him my number.
"He rang me, and he said: 'Rio, I would love to come to Man Utd. Is there anybody I can speak to or that you can speak to for me just to see the interest?' So I spoke to the people at the club, Moyes and (Ed) Woodward. I mentioned it."
Thiago however moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2020 after inspiring Bayern to six trophies the previous season.
Ferdinand urges Varane to leave Real Madrid for Man United
Legit.ng earlier reported that former Rio Ferdinand has revealed he has texted Raphael Varane in an attempt to convince him to move to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are believed to be eyeing a transfer move for the experienced Real Madrid centre-back this summer.
Sources claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to upgrade his options at the heart of defence and he is in the market for a quality partner for Harry Maguire.