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Manchester United lost out on the infamous Eden Hazard contest. Now there are reports that Sir Alex Ferguson has set his sights on another young midfielder: Thiago Alcantara.
According to The Daily Mail (UK), United are watching Thaigo and considering making an offer to Barcelona for the 21-year-old midfielder. Man U is also reportedly interested in Luka Modrić.
AC Milan are also interested in Thiago, who's reported transfer worth is €20 million. Thiago Alcantara is under contract with FC Barcelona until July 2015.
I don't see FC Barcelona selling Thiago Alcantara anytime soon. The kid has shined in many games and he is, for many, the heir apparent to Xavi's throne.
Would moving to Manchester United be a good move for Thiago?
Absolutely. He'd get plenty of playing time as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes near the end of their careers (eventually) and would be a nice youthful combination with newly acquired Shinji Kagawa.
But don't count on Sandro Rosell selling Thiago. Plus, would Thiago want to go to the Premier League? He's never said he wants to leave.
Luka Modrić is probably the best way for United to go.
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