The rumour mill continues to churn out stories of Thiago Alcantara’s will-he-won’t-he move to Manchester United. The latest suggests he won’t, at least if Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has his way.
The lure of regular first-team football is believed to be United’s main attraction, with the midfielder desperate to play more often than the competition for places allows at the Nou Camp. With a World Cup approaching, that game-time is more important than ever.
And yet del Bosque may have thrown a huge spanner in the works of any potential Old Trafford move, by saying the 22-year-old would be better off where he is.
“The most important thing for Thiago is that he keeps getting games,” the national coach said.
“There are other options, but I think he will get them at Barcelona, he is held in a very high regard at the club.”
Other reports claim the sale of David Villa to Atletico Madrid will also play a part in Thiago staying. It is believed that with the striker off the wage bill, the La Liga champions will be able to offer Thiago a deal that rivals any offered by United.
The truth is Barcelona could have done that with or without Villa in the squad. But with each passing day, it seems more likely David Moyes may miss out on the top class creative midfielder he is so desperate for.
One imminent departure is that of Nani, with the latest club interested in his services claimed to be Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
Former United coach Rene Muelensteen recently joined the club and is said to be playing his part in a potential £12million move.
It is a deal Moyes would surely be willing to accept, following a failed bid of just half that amount from Galatasaray earlier this summer.
And finally, Michael Owen has had his say on the Wayne Rooney transfer saga – claiming the player will remain, if he feels loved and valued at the club.
In an age of ultra-sensitivity, Owen believes the 27-year-old just wants to be the main man again; which is easier said than done when a certain Dutch striker has embraced his Old Trafford switch so emphatically.
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