In the aftermath of a great individual performance, a player’s price-tag normally increases. When that player scores a hat-trick in a major European final, it doesn’t increase so much as soar.
But in the case of Thiago Alcantara, his three strikes in 38 minutes for Spain’s Under-21s last night hasn’t added zeros to his price tag. But it has no doubt added enthusiasm from Manchester United supporters to complete this much reported deal.
With a release clause of €18million, and with United said to be favourites for his signature, the current Barcelona midfielder could be Old Trafford’s most exciting transfer in years.
And reports from both Spain and England suggest David Moyes is very much in the box-seat for Thiago’s signature.
Despite the player’s very public release clause, that hasn’t stopped some media outlets reporting that United will now have to up any potential offer, in the face of the player’s match-winning display.
But in short, with the European Under-21 Championship now complete, the 22-year-old has a decision to make, with Manchester City said to be the other club interested in his services.
In other news, reports suggest both Manchester clubs are interested in Borussia Dortmund’s attacking midfielder Marco Reus.
Moyes is said to be a long-term admirer of the 24-year-old who can play anywhere across midfield. Although the fact that Reus is predominantly a left-winger may appeal to a manager for whom the only realistic alternative is a sporadic Ashley Young.
Believed to be valued at around £32million, he is yet another Dortmund player who is unlikely to be sold with fans still upset about the departure of Mario Gotze. But with 18 goals and 11 assists last season, it is clear why United may be circling.
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