Manchester United line up to sign Thiago as he prepares to leave Barcelona
Mazinho, father of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, recently revealed that his son is ready to make a move from the Nou Camp, which has once again fuelled Manchester United‘s willingness to sign him up. United’s bid of £15 million for the 21-year-old was rejected 18 months ago.
Thiago, however, was focused on establishing himself in the first XI of Barcelona. But now he has realized that his best interests lie in quitting the club. His father reportedly has also advised him to show his interest in the Old Trafford-based club.
Mazinho said, “My son would play a lot more in any other team in the world. He’s learning a lot playing with great players but Thiago is very ambitious and needs to play. Noone knows what might happen in the future. Football changes a lot and anything can happen. If Thiago wants to go to the 2014 World Cup, he needs to play much more.
“Thiago has the quality to succeed at Barca. But he’d play a lot more at another club. He’d get into any other team in the world. I don’t know if Barca are buying more players in the summer. They already have a lot of players who can play in the middle. Also, [his brother] Rafinha will be part of the first team squad next season.”
Alcantara made his first-team debut for Barcelona against Mallorca in 2009 and scored his first goal the next year. He was signed for Barcelona as a 14-year-old after he moved to Spain at the age of 5. He was signed under a new deal with a buyout clause of €30m (£25m) two years ago.