Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Thiago Alcantara Would Be Quality Addition

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 4, 2013

VIGO, SPAIN - MARCH 30:  Thiago Alcantara of FC Barcelona in action during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and FC Barcelona at Estadio Balaidos on March 30, 2013 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara would help Manchester United add some quality youth to an aging midfield. 

There is also a solid chance that the Red Devils will have an opportunity to land the 21-year-old. 

The Daily Mail's Simon Jones reported that Thiago is "ready to quit Nou Camp." Jones features quotes from Thiago's father as he explains that Alcantara's playing time is being limited by Barcelona's depth.

He also adds that Thiago is aiming for a shot at playing in the 2014 World Cup, and to get this opportunity he, needs more playing time. 

All of this makes him a prime target for the Red Devils. As Jones explains, a year-and-a-half ago the Red Devils made a £15 million bid on Thiago, but it was declined. 

This move makes sense for both United and Thiago. 

As it is now, Thiago wouldn't find it much easier to earn playing time with the Red Devils. However, that won't be the case for long. 

Paul Scholes has made it clear that he is going to retire at season's end, and unlike his first retirement, he will not be returning. 

Also, 39-year-old Ryan Giggs is contemplating retirement at the end of the season. 

This could present the perfect opportunity for Thiago to earn ample playing time on an elite squad. It would also fill a hole for the Red Devils.

And, make no mistake about it, Thiago has the talent to make an impact for years to come. 

Thiago is outstanding in possession of the ball. He is poised beyond his years, makes smart decisions and he is a precision passer. 

He is not without his flaws. At just over 140 pounds, he is a little light and lacks strength, but it is reasonable to expect he will add strength and bulk with age. However, he can get pushed around a bit with his lack of height, and he is also not the greatest tackler. 

However, his attributes and ability to transition a team into an attack with his passing far outweigh his negatives.