THIAGO ALCANTARA’S proposed move to Manchester United is set to get the green light this week, so report a couple of British tabloids.
They seem to be singing off the same hymn sheet – reports in a Barcelona-based newspaper called SPORT claim the deal is almost complete and the Brits have followed suit.
We told you back in May that United had triggered the midfielder’s release clause and then reported that his father flew in to Manchester in mid-June to meet United officials and discuss personal terms on behalf of his son.
We spoke to our media source in Spain to get a low down on what is being reported over there. He told us: “It seems as if everything is agreed and it is just a matter of putting pen to paper. Manchester United have agreed to pay the €20m (£17m) clause and Thiago’s father got a brilliant offer of what I believe is a five-year contract and they have accepted it.
“All that has to be done is for the contract to be signed and medical to take place. Over here it is reported that all of that will be tied up this week.”
Different clues have been given to the public in the past weeks that Thiago is on his way out of Camp Nou. He was cropped out of official images for the club’s marketing campaign for their new kit, while his father (Mazinho) has put the family business (a restaurant) up for sale. David De Gea had signed a ‘welcome to Manchester’ message on a match ball Thiago had collected for bagging a hat-trick at the Under-21 European Championships in June. It was also reported in Spain that his squad number (11) had been offered to Neymar, before an official announcement on that was blocked ahead of the new kit’s launch.
What appears to be true is that a deal for Thiago to sign for United was struck at least a month ago, but the player had gone on holiday whilst United thrashed out the complicated payments with Barcelona over the past fortnight.
Another source told us, the deal was always on. He said: “Thiago is a big Premier League fan – he has always been so is very excited about playing in England – and if you want to play in England, then Manchester United are the team you want to play for. He is really excited about this move.”
This move is definitely on – and baring a major glitch, Thiago should be a Red Devil in a matter of days.