Following reports yesterday afternoon that Barcelona officials had discussed a possible new deal with Thiago Alcantara’s father for the 22-year-old, it seems the lack of first-team guarantees will see him move to Old Trafford after all. At least that is if this morning’s stories are to be believed.
Thiago’s father Mazinho is said to favour a move to Old Trafford for his son, despite interest from the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Although with no quotes to back up the story, United fans will have to wait a little longer to be reassured that the deal is actually happening.
If it finally does, it is believed the player’s whole family will relocate to the north-west, with his younger brother Rafinha also set to move to the Premier League – if only temporarily.
The 20-year-old Barcelona B player is set to be sent on loan next season, with Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal all reported to be interested. Although the obvious has also been stated: United could offer to take Rafinha should it sweeten the deal for his brother.
While United fans continue to ponder the possibility of a new arrival, one possible departure has been warned off a move to Arsenal.
Despite weekend reports suggesting Arsene Wenger was keen to play Rooney behind Gonzalo Higuain, former Gunners captain Tony Adams has called any move for the England striker a big risk.
“London is a different animal,” Adams said. “It takes a different type of player to handle it.
“Wayne is a super player and I would love to see him at Arsenal. But I’m not sure about him mentally, off the pitch and his professionalism. I wouldn’t like to spend my money on Wayne.”
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