Manchester United to announce Thiago Alcantara deal within 24 hours?

Speculation is growing that Thiago Alcantara will be unveiled as a Manchester United player on Friday.

Friday July 5 2013 is the date hundreds of sports journalists and millions of football fans have been anticipating for several weeks, the first time David Moyes will face the press officially as Manchester United manager.

The Scotsman has had a busy week, appointing his new coaching staff, which includes former Red utility man Phil Neville, and 39-year-old Ryan Giggs as player coach.

Moyes has also been busy attempting to get on top of the Wayne Rooney situation, with the England striker so far giving little away publicly on his future.

All will 'hopefully' become a little clearer when the usually very straight talking Moyes gets to have his say, giving supporters an inside line of information as to what is going on, rather than them having to rely on whispers from the tabloids.

The press conference has taken on extra significance too, because of the club's transfer dealings.

United are usually busy movers in the month of early in the window, which last year saw them land Shinji Kagawa in June, and the year before David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones all in May and June.

We are now in July and the only addition is £1 million Guillermo Varela, one for the future no doubt, and it has led fans to wonder if  the club have been saving 'one in reserve' for Moyes' press conference.

If Moyes is able to unveil a big signing on Friday, it will not only lift the attention away from himself, a spotlight he does not naturally crave, but it will deflect questions away from the Wayne Rooney situation too.

The player United fans want to see is Thiago Alcantara, the Spanish star of their under-21 title winning team, and a player who has already proven he does not look out of place at Barcelona.

With an €18 million fee set, all that needs to be done is for the midfielder to accept United's offer, and take his chance in the spotlight.

Thiago is likely considering that if he does not take this opportunity now, he may long regret it. United are about to launch into a bold new era, and need a talisman to lead it forward, a fresh face.

There is already online chatter among United fan sites that the player is heading for a medical at the club tomorrow. Treat it with suspicion, but don't be surprised if it does turn out to be true. 

The news he was cropped out of Barcelona's promotional photo for their new kit also hints that he will be heading away from the Camp Nou imminently.

Ezequiel Garay is another potential transfer in the pipeline, which could also be confirmed as an alternative or addition to the Spaniard.

It all adds up to a potentially very exciting day for all concerned with Manchester United tomorrow. Fans will hope it lives up to the hype, and their new manager gets off to a flier by unveiling their potentially most important signing of the last five years, a true top class central midfielder.

What do you expect to happen at the press conference?

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