Thiago Alcantara once again finds himself on the front of Catalan paper Sport today with the news that the Spain Under-21 midfielder flat out refused an approach from Real Madrid and is keen for the challenge at Manchester United.
In recent weeks, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made initial advances towards Thiago, believing a move for the midfielder would soften the blow of Barcelona signing Neymar this summer.
David Moyes is set to venture into a territory Sir Alex Ferguson firmly refused to explore, as the former Everton manager is ready to launch an increased bid, thought to be in the region of £14m, for Everton left-back Leighton Baines.
United have already had a £12m offer turned down by the Goodison Park outfit but are prepared to raise their bid by a couple of millions, edging closer to the sum Sir Alex refused to pay 12 months ago, when his pursue of Baines was abruptly brought to an end by Everton’s financial demand.
Reports have surfaced that the agent of Granada leftback Guilherme Siqueira has suggested his player could be interesting Manchester United if they fail to land Leighton Baines.
Everton are expecting an improved offer from United after recently rejecting an initial offer of £10 million but it’s thought United are not prepared to improve that to anywhere near the £20 million Everton are holding out for.
With Bill Kenwright urging new manager, Roberto Martinez, to hold on to his star man, new United manager David Moyes could be prepared to switch his focus elsewhere rather than get involved in a long drawn out deal unless Everton quickly lower their valuation.
If you thought the Wayne Rooney saga was over, then you might want to reconsider your position and think again, for Chelsea are seemingly poised to offer the United striker a deal that will match his current £240,000-per-week deal.
On Friday, during his first press conference, David Moyes was adamant that the former Everton was not for sale at any price and that Rooney was an integral part of United’s future, but that hasn’t deterred Chelsea from working behind the scenes, if some papers are to be believed.
Thiago Alcantara has agreed a five-year-deal at Old Trafford, with the move now just needing Manchester United to meet the Barcelona midfielder’s £15 million buy-out clause.
Reports in Catalan daily, Sport, suggest the 22-year-old is closing in on a move to the Premier League Champions, with United boss David Moyes admitting he is ready to spend in a bid to end his first season at the club with silverware.
While the worst kept secret of the summer looks set to end in days, inversely the ‘Wayne Rooney is not for sale’ stance looks set to be challenged by Barcelona.
Norwegian starlet Mats Daehli has left Manchester United in a transfer deal worth £1.5 Million to Molde where he’ll join up with United legend, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer.
Fellow countryman Solskjaer was instrumental in bringing the exciting Scandinavian midfielder to the club when he recommended Daehli to Sir Alex Ferguson in February 2011.
Daehli quickly became a favourite amongst Academy observers with many instantly commenting on his obvious ability. Daehli went on to win the much coveted Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in his first season.
The much anticipated closure of the transfer of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona to Manchester United could be just days away but United have yet to make an official approach.
Reports coming from Spain appear to suggest Barcelona have put a 10 day deadline on the future of the outstanding player of this summers Under-21 European Championship.
Reports claim that Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta met with the player’s father and agent – former Brazilian international Mazinho – on Thursday, and told him the club want a decision on Alcantara’s future.
Being the cynic that I am as well as an infamous miserable old bastard (look up the meaning of grognard), it would have been easy for me to watch the David Moyes unveiling/press conference and poke holes in almost everything he said. But a funny thing happened while I was sharpening my knives and gritting my teeth. Good old Dave impressed me greatly and said all the right things….well almost all the right things.
There were two negatives during the unveiling. First problem was – where was Thiago? All week I had been reading that today would be the day that Moyes would introduce himself and also unveil the mystical and mysterious Thiago Alcantara for all to see. So negative moment number one is, where is the much talked about and most anticipated signing of the season?
More on Thiago later.