Sky News Update: Thiago Welcome at United
Sky News Update: as Barcelona failed to meet an agreement, Thiago is now available for 18 million euros. It seems as though United are likely to bid.
United fans are eagerly awaiting the prospect of signing Spanish international Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona. Many think that Thiago would be able to employ the brand of football that the club aspires to should he sign. After Paul Scholes’ retirement, some are wishing the 22-year-old to fill the gap left by the legend. There is much anticipation of Thiago’s technical prowess, something that will need to be re-established after Scholes’ departure. Transfer speculations have given Barcelona fans cause to complain, as many believe he has the potential to match Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez when they eventually leave.
La Liga expert Sid Lowe says Thiago is a “very talented player” and that is why “there’s lots of excitement” surrounding the potential transfer. He also explained the frustration by Barcelona fans following the lack of minutes he got at the Nou Camp the season just gone. Sid says that Barca fans feel it is “ridiculous letting him go” and that he should have played more so that “this buy-out clause didn’t exist because it is making him available for a relatively good price.”
The reason for the loop-hole existence is because Barcelona failed to play Thiago for 30 minutes or more in 60 per cent of their first-team fixtures in the season just gone. As a result of failing to meet this contractual agreement, Barcelona now have to accept offers of just €18million for the young Spaniard. Man United would have previously had to pay €90million to activate his release clause. As a result of this, Thiago is available at a bargain fee, which in turn makes the transfer move relatively low-risk for winners of the Premier League. Perhaps Thiago could provide exactly what United need to topple teams such as Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The Manchester midfield is consistently good but could be said to be missing a spark. Michael Carrick is a good all-rounder with consistent weekly performances, making the Englishman a reliable midfielder able to play with a variety of different players. Tom Cleverley is a valuable young prospect with efficient ball usage. His lack of fantasy would make him second best to a player of Thiago’s quality. Thiago is a player who can make things happen.
Perhaps Thiago might not fit the ball-winning midfielder role desired at Old Trafford and maybe the intensity of English football could take some adapting. However, Thiago is more defensively apt than some of you might think. His statistics show that he has made almost twice the number of tackles and interceptions as Xavi and Iniesta. These stats suggest that he might be better equipped to adapt to the more defensive midfield roles of the Premier League. A Thiago and Carrick partnership might prove to be very effective in retaining the league title.
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