Barcelona and Spain play maker Alcantara Thiago is set for a pivotel main central role in the heart of Manchester United's midfield next season, and a chance to shine in the Premier League. This reason could well be the temptation that's forcing Thiago to quit Barcelona. The Daily Mail quote that the 22-year-old is 'on the verge' of signing for United.
The report on Friday goes on to state that personal terms have been agreed between the player and the club and he is expected to sign a deal worth £5 million a year. The fee with Barcelona however is yet to be agreed and will be completed over the weekend as long as their are no complications or disagreements with the terms.
Friday brings fresh reports regarding the future of two of Chelsea's midfielders, key play maker Juan Mata and returning loanee Kevin De Bruyne. Speculation had been circlulating regarding both these players seeking the exit at Stamford Bridge, with reports suggesting that new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was prepared to listen to offers for the Spanish International.
Meanwhile, Belgium star De Bruyne had been linked with a move to Dortmund and the club had allegedly claimed that the player wanted to join them. Today confirms that the young starlet is actually happy to return to Chelsea under Mourinho and he wants to fight for his place in the starting line up. Having had an impressive spell on loan in Holland last season, he has matured and developed in to a great prospect, mainly featuring in a centre midfield role, but he can also play as a winger. Mourinho will certainly give him his desired chance at The Bridge.
According to The Daily Mail, Manchester United's want-away forward Wayne Rooney would prefer a move to Chelsea and The Blues are very much favourites to land the England International.
There is much speculation surrounding Arsenal's pursuit of the 27-year-old from the British press on Friday, but it is thought that the player would rather a move to Chelsea. Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger is on the brink of sealing a deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and wants to bring in Rooney as well to increase his striking options.
Meanwhile, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is looking to spend big on Edinson Cavani from Napoli, who is looking set on making a £49 million move after the Confederations cup, with both Chelsea and Real Madrid being touted as his possible destinations. Rooney had been seen as another option for Chelsea, who are actively seeking a striker to lead there line this season after they struggled in that position last year.
Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara for a sum of £17million.
The Spaniard has decided to leave the Nou Camp this summer, having become fed up with the limited playing time at the Catalans.
Now, United, who have been following Thiago over the past three years, are set to prize away the youngster from the former European champions.
The Red Devils' representatives have already met Thiago's father, Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho, to discuss about the potential transfer and it has been reported that personal terms have been agreed between the two involved parties.
Thiago will earn about £5m-a-year at United, not a mammoth amount for a player regarded as one of the most promising midfielders in European football.
The report from Daily Mail has indicated that no official announcement will be made before the end of the weekend as United are currently still negotiating terms with Barcelona.
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*** In the second half, the Spurs should have kept going to Tim Duncan in the post despite the double team; he did score 25 points in the first half.
*** Tim Duncan only had eight shot attempts in the second half. Tim Duncan ran out of gas.
*** Tim Duncan should not have been out of the game on two key rebounding situations down the stretch of the game.