Man City failed with bid for Barcelona Alcantara brothers
Now his dad Mazinho - the 1994 World Cup-winning Brazil midfielder - has apparently told Spanish reporters that City tried to sign both 19-year-old Thiago and younger brother Rafa, 17.
Thiago has been rewarded by a creeping involvement in Pep Guardiola's first team, making four La Liga appearances from the bench this season.
He also played for a full 90 minutes last week in the 2-0 Champions League victory over Rubin Kazan and is the subject of a battle between Spain and Brazil over his international future.
Rafa is following in his older brother's footsteps and has already been capped by Spain Under-19s despite qualifying for younger age groups.
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