David Moyes’ first press conference as Manchester United manager dominated the football headlines today and several big topics dominated the questioning from the British media.
First port of call was Wayne Rooney; who Moyes categorically confirmed would be going nowhere this summer.
Then there were the questions on the coaching staff changes, their start to the season and any injury worries; and of course transfer targets.
One player in particular has reportedly caught the eye of the club this summer in the form of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
He was the star performer at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships and after falling short of his requisite playing time last season, has a release clause of just €18 million.
Obviously questions would be coming Moyes way on such subject matter however he remained tight-lipped.
As one United fan mentioned on the message-board for the live blog of the press conference it is probably not wise to tick off the managers and officials at one of your biggest competitors on and off the pitch in your first week on the job.
But while Moyes kept his cards close to his chest the hierarchy at Barca have not been so secretive; declaring the most recent news from the club to Sky Sports this afternoon.
Despite the apparently strong interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich they have confirmed that so far no team has lodged an official bid for the 22-year-old midfielder.
An unnamed source claimed:
"We still have not received any formal offer for the player."
It is reported that whilst his little brother Rafinha was signing a new deal at the club on Thursday the Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta took a moment to let his father, former Brazilian international Mazinho, know that a decision was expected within the next ten days; meaning his future should be decided by the 15th July.
So while he may have been cropped out of the Barca team photo yesterday right now there appears to be no offer on the cards for this player.
Do you believe this source? Will United make a bid?
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