Thiago Alcantara is now being linked with a move to Real Madrid; but it is an unlikely transfer.
Manchester United have a task on their hands this summer bringing in a new midfielder. With Paul Scholes retiring, for good, at the end of last season and Darren Fletcher’s continued battle with ulcerative colitis there is certainly a suggestion that a new player for the middle of the park is the club’s main priority; that along with the future of a certain Mister Rooney.
And the player linked most consistently with an Old Trafford switch this summer has been Thiago Alcantara.
The impressive performances at the European Under-21 Championships have highlighted his ability once again; couple that with his lack of first-team football at the Nou Camp his desire for a switch seems logical.
And just to add a little cherry atop this transfer rumour trifle he has a relatively small release fee of €18 million in his current Barca contract as he did not play enough minutes last season to bump it up to a far less enticing €30 million.
Did we mention the son of Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho also speaks fluent English?
It sounds like the perfect deal and for weeks now it has looked like a done one; but doubts have now started creeping in. But doubts are not the only thing doing the creeping.
According to reports in Spain Real Madrid are now set to join the race for the player. Various sources suggest that Carlo Ancelotti has highlighted the player as a perfect midfield option; an area where he feels they need to improve this summer.
But I have good news for United fans; because Thiago joining Madrid is extremely unlikely.
Firstly, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has already confirmed they will not be pursuing any Barca players this summer and would not pay the fee for Thiago; despite confirming his admiration for the player.
Plus it has also been noted that Thiago is unlikely to join Real Madrid anyway. He is said to have ‘no intention’ of signing for the bitter rivals of his favourite club and that leaves Manchester United as the favourites to snap him up.
But Bayern Munich’s interest in the player is also said to be increasing; and I can’t bring you any good news on that front.
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