Barcelona are said to be lining up a return for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago should their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho continue to be snubbed by Liverpool.The Liga leaders spent  summer chasing Coutinho to no avail despite their bidding reaching the £114million mark.And according to reports in Spain, Barcelona could look to Bayern Munich’s Thiago as an alternative option.Don Balon report that 26 years old is keen to return to Spain, leaving Bayern to go back to  country he represents.Thiago left Barcelona in 2013 after they failed to offer him enough playing time which led to the buyout clause in his contract dropping to allow Bayern to snap midfielder up for £22m.At that time Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets offered formidable competition for midfield places at  Nou Camp.Fabregas and Xavi have since left, while Iniesta is approaching  end of his career.Despite Thiago’s reported unhappiness at Bayern, the Spain international praised returning manager Jupp Heynckes this week after a victory over Freiburg.

Heynckes stepped in earlier this month after Bayern sacked predecessor Carlo Ancelotti following a difficult start to  season.’We played as a team, and it’s a long time since we played like that. It’s about our mentality,’ Thiago told.Of Heynckes, he added ‘He’s a vastly experienced coach, and he shows you that he understands football.’

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