Manchester United make offer for Barcelona’s Thiago claim reports

by Sam Peoples

thiago1Today’s front cover of Spanish newspaper SPORT has claimed that Barcelona’s Thiago has informed the club he wishes to leave in the summer and that he is currently looking over offers from two Premier League clubs.

The 22-year-old midfielder is currently away on international duty with Spain at the U21 European Championships but rumours of a move away from Catalan have been rife ever since his €18 million release clause was activated due to a lack of first team action.

Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for the player and only this hour, CNN Italy correspondent Tancredi Palmeri has stated that one of the two Premier League offers discussed in SPORT has come from United.

On paper, Thiago’s signing would be perfect for United. Spanish players have set a precedent in the past five years and the country is currently a conveyor belt of world class players with their U21s side currently boasting the likes of Isco, Munaian, De Gea and Thiago.

And Spanish freelance journalist Rafael Hernandez believes that the move would suit both parties and can see Thiago blossoming at Old Trafford.

“I think Thiago leaving is imminent,” he said.

“He is unsatisfied with Tito Vilanova and his playing time  is indeed disappointing. I don’t blame him.

“Manchester United is the best move for him, I’ve no doubt. He probably fancies Bayern more because Guardiola is there but at United he has the chance to be one of the star players and the team needs someone like him.

“But he’ll hardly sign and start right away playing well like Mata did for Chelsea, because Thiago offers more control and pace to the entire team, Mata works differently – hopefully United will understand that.

“After his adaptation he’s going to become one of the best players in the squad, maybe even one of the best in the world.

Given that only last year his release clause was set at €90 million, it is down to Barcelona’s carelessness that Thiago’s €18 million release clause has been activated and United have moved to take advantage of it according to CNN’s Palmeri.

De Gea has already nudged Thiago in the direction of Old Trafford and if it is game time he is after, he is guaranteed of that under Moyes given how weak United’s midfield is with Scholes’ retirement, Fletcher’s illness combined with Cleverley and Anderson’s inconsistent form.

Alongside Carrick, he could create a central midfield partnership that United’s sides have lacked for years. His natural passing game would compliment Carrick and could provide United with a midfield capable of challenging in Europe.

At 22, he represents the type of signing that United have completed over the years and he would slot well into a youthful side.

Further movement is expected from the Thiago camp in the coming days after he finishes his international duty with Spain on Tuesday.

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17 comments

isaac olamitayo aina 06/19/2013 - 11:37

Thiago will be a gud signing 4 united wit Kevin strootman in midfield roll

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jeremiah 06/18/2013 - 22:31

I expected thiago to be in united to well satisfied. United is the way for him to shine.

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Eminence 06/18/2013 - 20:31

Thiago will be a massive boost to MAN U. He is young creative playmaker. He should ignore bayern munich becos mario gotze is first choice for them. Man u is lacking in this debt. Nice move for united.

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binyam 06/18/2013 - 17:37

I can’t wait seeing him playing for Us. Man Utd will be unstopable 4 sure.

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YugoBoss 06/18/2013 - 15:32

Thiago would be an immense signing for us,watching him at the U21 tournament has been breathtaking but I strongly believe ManUtd should seriously consider an offer for Spains holding midfielder at the U21’s ASSIER ILLARAMENDI, the guy is awesome to say the least. What a player, the next Xabi Alonso I might say.

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Chinonso uzoma 06/18/2013 - 14:32

Thiago wil be a very gud signing together wit Strootman,Ronaldo,Rooney shud be sold,pls we need to get fresh legs playing for United,yea dats ma opinion

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batttletax 06/18/2013 - 12:34

If he wants game time then he’s better off at United. Would love to see him there next season and would be a major coup for Moyes.

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Peres 06/18/2013 - 10:25

Dt wil b an absolute signing 4utd wit Carrick n thiago it wil b a threat 2clubs…

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bobby 06/18/2013 - 10:07

thiago and strootman signings for our midfield would be amazing,
i hope we get them both and our defence would be much stronger as a result, rooney should stay but sign a contract, if he wants to leave i say let him go, he smokes too much and is overweight and the best part of wayne is his energy and drive so fix up or go. man utd will win everything every year every decade, fact!

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I wish I would be part of you in nursing care 06/18/2013 - 08:13

It wud be agud signing 4 united bt rooney shd stay.

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Abubakar 06/18/2013 - 04:56

Alcantara, Strootman & Bale are the kind of hard working players united are lacking, & the are almost age made.

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BJD 06/18/2013 - 04:00

I hope he does sign for us and he plays better than yusuf spells,no offence dude…and jack I totally agree with your form and team sheet..we can only hope the signings go our way…

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Jack 06/18/2013 - 03:32

I really hope he does sign for us. Would be a fantastic signing. If we can get him strootman and ronaldo/bale an sell rooney and nani I really fancy our chances of another treble !! Playing a 4-2-3-1 with strootman an thiago in midfield, ronaldo kagawa and valencia as attacking mid an RVP up front !

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cyberstyles 06/18/2013 - 03:24

honestly, to me Thiago z better than fabregas coz that man z old and has nothnin more to offer, wth thiago n our sqaud am sure that united wld b the best team, and am goin to watch every game coz t wld be entertaining, Thiago for sure,

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Adefikaryor 06/18/2013 - 03:12

Thiago can becm best mild in the world if he can get playn time,and no ther club can give him than utd,utd need som1 like thiago to solve mild problem.

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Adefikaryor 06/18/2013 - 03:09

Best option for him is to move to utd and try to snub others offer

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YUSUF AZEEZ 06/18/2013 - 00:44

if Thiago can move to man u will be good and thiago moust become a good miffidar in the word

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