Transfer news

Speculation grows over Thiago switch

July 4, 2013
By Duncan McMath

Speculation in Spain is increasing that Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara will soon be leaving for Manchester United.

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Publicly, Barcelona have remained adamant that no such deal exists, with club spokesman Toni Freixa telling Marca that "there is no news” regarding Thiago and that the 22-year-old remains a "Barca player with a valid contract".

However, there have been various signs to suggest that it’s just a matter of time before Thiago leaves the Camp Nou to join the Premier League champions.

Sports daily AS reports that the player’s father Mazinho, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1994, has put his Barcelona restaurant, ‘Campechano’, on the market ahead of an imminent move to England.

The paper also points out that, having used Thiago in the advertising campaign to launch the team’s new kit, Barca have since published the same photo on Instagram, cropping the midfielder from the shot.

Manchester United sources have told ESPN a deal is “very close” and could even be announced at David Moyes’ first press conference on Friday.