Ever since Pep Guardiola was appointed as the new manager of Manchester City, rumours have been circulating that Thiago Alcantara, who has played under Guardiola at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, would be joining his former manager once again at the Etihad.
However, the 45-year-old has ruled out a summer move for the Spanish international, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Despite being a known admirer of Alcantara, and inheriting a City in need of significant improvement in the midfield area, Guardiola is believed to be looking elsewhere this summer.
It is also somewhat surprising that Bayern Munich would be willing to listen to offers for the 25-year-old, given that Alcantara made 44 appearances, in all competitions, for the Bavarians last season, as they again won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal, while making the Champions League semi-finals for the third straight season under Guardiola.
Manchester City announced on Thursday that they have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan, and it is thought that the German international is the man Guardiola wants to build his new-look midfield around.
If there are to be further midfield arrivals at the Etihad Stadium this summer, Paul Pogba and Toni Kroos - another player who worked under Guardiola at Bayern - are higher on the Spaniard's shopping list than Thiago.
In light of the imminent departure of Yaya Toure, who has been a mainstay in the City engine room for many seasons, fans on the blue half of Manchester will be pleased to see Guardiola in the market to reshape their midfield, and it is clear that he is in the hunt for elite, established reinforcements.
Alcantara, Kroos and Pogba are all set to play a vital role in their nations' bid for glory at the upcoming European Championships, representing the three most-fancied sides to lift the trophy; Spain, Germany and host nation France.