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United Agree £5m-A-Year Deal With Alcantara But Chelsea Could Yet Make Late Swoop

By on June 21, 2013

Manchester United have taken a huge step closer to signing Thiago Alcantara after agreeing personal terms of £5m-a-year with the Barcelona midfielder, according to the Daily Mail, but could there be a late twist?

Alcantara has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest properties after a stunning MOTM display in the final of the European Under-21 Championships this week, with his hat-trick guiding Spain to a 4-2 win over Italy to retain the trophy.

The Mail claim he’s grown frustrated at his lack of playing time at the Nou Camp and his buy-out clause dropped from £77m to just £17m this summer after he failed to play in a certain percentage of fixtures last season.

The report claims United are now on the verge of sealing a sensational deal with negotiations with Barcelona set to continue over the weekend after the club agreed personal terms following talks with the 22-year-old’s father, Mazinho.

However, there could yet be a late sting in the tale with the Mirror reporting that Chelsea and Bayern Munich have joined the race to land Alcantara and the pair are ready to go head-to-head with the United to lure him away from the Nou Camp this summer.

New Bayern boss Pep Guardiola knows the midfielder well from his time at Barca while Jose Mourinho is also understood to be a huge fan of the youngsters, so it appears United still have some work to do before they seal the deal, despite seemingly agreeing personal terms with the player.

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17 Comments

  1. sammy

    June 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Hehehe,they are advertisig their player i know they wont sell him for 17 they just want the price to hike so as they can get cash to strengthen their weak and ageing squard after being thrashed 7-0 by B-Munich.

    • Jordi Fort

      June 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      How can the hike the price up? He has a release clause set at 17 million. They have no choice but to accept if united offer that much.

  2. Liam

    June 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Why would he want to play in an industrial estate
    in Manchester.

  3. Lokpobirisamuel

    June 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Thiago is the best choice 4 our midfield, if dis story is a real one den man utd fans are happy.

  4. Bingo Sings

    June 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    thiago would be a legend at united. at bayern he still wouldn’t play and chelsea have more 30m midfielders that the whole of ligue 1. jose is trying to secure his future by buying a glut of stars at chelsea.. defo not what thiago is looking for. he wants to be number 1 on stage and mu is the place for that..

  5. gabriel

    June 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    thiago alcantara pls come 2 manunited,all fan love u nd we ar expecting u

  6. Ibrahim

    June 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Thiago is a good player for man u, we need him to joing man u, fans will like to see u. Pls come and play with carrick.

  7. charlez

    June 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    What a burst to united,the combination of kagawa.thiago,&carrick is a perfect match, cary go!

  8. osodo ivan

    June 22, 2013 at 5:38 am

    thiago is a gud mid filder let him come to utd n play with tom n kagawa

  9. dominic

    June 22, 2013 at 7:30 am

    THIAGO JOIN MAN-UNITED AT YOUR OWN RISK LOOK AT PIQUE IF HE DID NOT RUN AWAY FROM MAN-UNITED HE COULD HAVE NOT BEEN THE PIQUE WE KNOW INFACT THE BEST TEAM YOU CAN JOIN IS MATA, AZIPILICUETA, ROMEU,AND TORRES IF NOT CHELSEA I WILL BE HAPPY TO SEE YOU INCLUDED IN SPAIN SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM PLAYING ALONGSIDE MATA IN BRAZIL COMING 2014 WORLD CUP.

    • florence

      June 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Wat do u mean by ‘at ur own risk joining united?’Plz dominic mind wat u type,d decision is his nt urs.tnx 4ur undestanding

  10. toyyib

    June 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

    is alcantara xavi or iniesta,or why are you people disturbing your self on an unprooving player.was it not the way you people did about kagawa last season look at him now, just wait and see how he play for you

  11. steven

    June 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

    dominic u are a fool eor typing dat thiago kumjoin ud at united

  12. Isaac sunday

    June 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Thiago if u know wat is gud 4u,u beta open ur eyes nd make a move to chelsea where there is room for young guy lke u nd pls take a look at oscar,hazard,mata,cesar etc.

  13. Red col

    June 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Bit of a contradiction Issac saying come where there is room and name 4 quality midfielders,
    At Man U there is no scholes, geriatric giggs, nanny gone, Anderson gone, Michael never been over the half way line carrick,
    And I can’t kick the ball passed the first defender Valencia.

  14. Paul Davies

    June 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Liam, because its the best city in England and the best football club you thick twat!

  15. Kalu

    June 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Alcantra is simply for the blues. There he will see enough playing time. Meet his fellow country men and feel at home in the midst of his fellow spaniards.

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