Manchester United are believed to be closing in on Spanish Under-21 midfielder Alcantra, and Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff has urged La Liga champions to cash in on the player if he is not going to get a first team shot next season.
Manchester Evening News reports that Barca club legend, Cruyff, believes the 22-year-old star of Spain’s U-21 European Championship triumph should have every reason to stay put at the club if he was going to be part of their campaign, playing regular football.
But the chances of a first team shirt are slim with Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andre Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas offering competition.
Thiago is keen on the move to Old Trafford, his agent and father, the former Brazilian 94 World Cup winner Mazinho, is in agreement with his son’s wishes and is also keen on the move.
The ex-Barca player and Manager believe the club should make up their mind on the promising star as soon as possible.
At this point comes the philosophy of the club- you should assign, sell and invest in a player and do it as what you think is right.
If he really has little chance to play, then he has to go. It all depends on Barcelona’s plans.
“However, if Barca tells him that he will be a starter, he should stay put. It’s all quite simple really.
“Thiago has a lot of quality and he has plenty of time as he’s still young. Any decision he will take will prove to be a good one.”
United are first in the queue for the playmaker, who will cost only £18m because of a temporary clause in his contract until the end of July triggered by the fact he didn’t play enough first team football last season.