An Spanish alternative to Thiago Alcantara for Manchester United

Manchester United are reportedly lining up a bid for highly-rated Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara this summer.

New Red Devils manager David Moyes will likely be looking to add quality and depth to the United midfield before next season, following the retirement of Paul Scholes, the illness woes of Darren Fletcher, the potential departure of Wayne Rooney which leaves just Michael Carrick (32 years old nearly) Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa.

The inexperience of upcoming youngsters like Nick Powell and Ryan Tunnecliffe is not going to be enough to retain the title next term and United have been linked with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Isco, Kevin Strootman, James McCarthy and Thiago Alcantara.

However, there is another La Liga starlet who could be available for around a quarter of the price of those more established names – 20-year-old Ruben Pardo of Real Sociedad.

The youngster has the potential to become the ‘next next Cesc Fabregas’ – even at his age, he’s established himself as a regular first team starter for the La Liga side, making 27 appearances in total.

He’s still relatively unknown on the continent but his potential is well known in his homeland – he’s featured at youth level for the Spanish national side and performed well on numerous occasions.

He’s gifted with exceptional technical quality, control and skill in abundance, his passing and vision is superb – in fact in this video, he makes a 40 yard pass reminiscent of Paul Scholes and he’s got a killer shot on him to go with it.

He can shoot from distance, he’s definitely got goals and assists up his sleeve and has the potential to become one of the leading midfielders of his generation for Spain.

Currently he’s valued around £2 million and eventually someone is going to sign him up. To make matters even easier, his mentor and coach at Real Sociedad Philippe Montanier has confirmed he will leave at the end of the season.

Now is the perfect time for United to pounce – they could have themselves one of the best midfield talents in Europe for peanuts.

Forget the £40 million they’d spend on Fabregas or even the £15 million they’re reportedly willing to pay for his junior Thiago Alcantara – Ruben Pardo would be the most astute signing of the decade if David Moyes can get him while he's still cheap.

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