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Rising Barcelona Star Thiago Alcantara Linked with Manchester United

5833979355 1170cf575a1 Rising Barcelona Star Thiago Alcantara Linked with Manchester United

Despite Manchester United’s rampant activity this summer, United still haven’t addressed the pressing need of finding a central midfielder to replace Paul Scholes. They are currently embroiled in transfer sagas over immediate replacements like Wesley Sneijder, Luka Modric and Samir Nasri. However, the Daily Mirror has recently reported that Sir Alex is making an audacious move to address the future in Barcelona and Spain sensation, Thiago Alcantara.

The twenty year old central midfielder, whose form reminds many of Andres Iniesta, has become one of the biggest young talents in Europe. His impressive form in the U21 UEFA European Championship for Spain has turned heads to recognize his growing status as potentially one of the best midfielders in the world. Sir Alex seems to be a great admirer of Alcantara as he has made the biggest offer Barcelona has received yet at €15 million.

Barcelona and Pep Guardiola may now have a problem trying to keep hold of Alcantara. While Guardiola would certainly want to keep him for the years ahead, Alcantara looks unlikely to have much of a role on the senior squad in the immediate future. Barcelona is reluctant to sell one of their rising stars to a rival like Manchester United and would prefer to send him on loan to another Premier League club. Barcelona also wants to include a buy-back clause which Manchester United would certainly not agree to. The Catalan giants have even tried to include Alcantara in a deal for Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas but the Gunners have shown great resilience in not budging from their astronomical, original price of over €50 million.

From Manchester United’s perspective, it’s easy to understand why Sir Alex would go all out to sign  Thiago Alcantara. For his age, Alcantara boasts superb technical skill when the ball is at his feet. His passing, dribbling, creativity and first touch are simply sensational for his age. He shows great energy throughout entire matches and under the right guidance, his talent will inevitably become world class. He also is a dead ball specialist in terms of free kicks which he proved after his stunning 45 yard free kick goal in the U21 European Championship final against Switzerland.

Fergie and his staff have always been lauded for their eye for the future in terms of signing young talented footballers. At Manchester United, Alcantara would need time transitioning to life both on and off the pitch in Manchester. He needs to gain more experience so it would be unfair to expect him to immediately improve Manchester United’s midfield. However, one of Sir Alex’s greatest gifts is managing deep squads and knowing how to properly allot matches to satisfy everyone on the roster. He is also one of the best at developing young talent over time which has been recently seen with the likes of the Da Silva twins, Chris Smalling and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.  While Thiago wouldn’t be a regular starter, he could be a vital role player in the central midfield throughout the season. Alcantara would only get better under the tutelage of experienced veterans like Ryan Giggs and from coach Paul Scholes.

Interest in Thiago Alcantara is likely to grow now after his recent performances for Spain. Barcelona will resist the notion of selling him and their buy-back clause will turn off interested suitors. However, while Alcantara will want to play more, he’s going to have a limited role for at least next season. Alcantara may demand to be sold to another club like United where he could get more opportunity to play.

Trying to sign the Spanish international from Barcelona is going to be very difficult for Manchester United. However, Alcantara may want to go to a team where he is more immediately needed. There is no doubt that at Manchester United, Thiago Alcantara would be seen as the eventual replacement to Paul Scholes.

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9 Responses to Rising Barcelona Star Thiago Alcantara Linked with Manchester United

  1. sleekydee says:

    Saf should pls sign him up nw while its stil early and good, cos i av a feelin come in 2yrs time his price will b around €60, I once read different articles some years bk where di maria, sanchez Ã?? pastore once said it will b a dream come tru to play 4 united, but bcos we didn’t sign dem up then while they were cheap, we can’t afford 2 sign them nw…..so pls Saf if you re truly interested in him(thiago) pls do whatever it takes to sign him now!!!! United 4 life.

  2. bisodun says:

    pls, sir alex i want u 2 buy dis player(thiago)b/4 it ‘ll be too late bcos our midfield is not good enough, pls try 2 buy dis player(thiago) united 4 life.

  3. ChrisW says:

    I think you are overestimating the current quality of our midfield if you think Thiago wouldn’t start many games for United. He’ll get lots of playing time if he comes to Old Trafford.

  4. Sam says:

    Thiago looks a top quality player but the only problem for me is that if we’re going to play both Rooney and Hernandez then we need someone who is defensively strong as well. If we can mould Thiago into a deep-lying midfield role who is disciplined defensively then that would be great but I fear we might nulify him much like we have done with Anderson.

    It’s the same worry I have with Sneijder as well who I love.

    I think we need someone to play a Pirlo/Sahin type role alongside Fletcher with Rooney in front of them.

    • prakash indranath says:

      i hv seen alcatra he is amazing,i wd love 2c him at man u,i wd also hope 2c marko marin,stevan jovetic ,i am a medium,man utd must absolutely buy these 2terrific players,z wd bcom superstars in a forthni8,i wd suggest romelu lukaku n alex chamberlain as more attackg options,there r adam lallana,marvin martin,gregory van der wiel, marek hamsik,ninis sotiris,eden hazard,agboussomonde gale,sam manton, josh morris,f.ribery,as options to boost up ,,,i really hope man utd personals r reading my mind

      • adam says:

        your quite possibly the stupidest poster ive ever seen, go back to football manager with your shortlist…

  5. I thing figie should buy thiago and snijder

  6. THOMAS BERTA says:

    I HAVE SEEN ALCATRA HE IS AMAZING I THINK FERGE BUY ALCATRA & SNIJDER

  7. Nyusher says:

    Thiago is the one he wud easily walk into the team all he needs is either Anderson or fletch backin him up.remember how rich our club is on the flanks sir alex can buy two thiagos for the schniejder price tag and he can even retire before thiago even approaches 30.mind u wesly is almost 30.don’t get me wrong he’s the best there is for the next few years Bt I’m really tired of other billionare teams using our manager as Their ‘scout’ we do need wesly Bt tht price tag!he’s a thot havnt seen anything related to this yet:we buy thiago and we get him a hardcore marker like Tiote! Think a bout sir alex

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