UPDATE: June 22, 2013
Chelsea and Manchester United are trying to take advantage of Thiago's €18 million buyout clause, according to ESPN.co.uk.
When Barcelona extended Thiago's contract by two years in 2011, they added a €90 million buyout clause but the youngster's management negotiated a secondary €18 million buyout clause, which would be activated should he not play 30-plus minutes in 60 percent of his games.
The additional buyout clause makes sense from Thiago's camp but why did Barcelona 1) allow it and 2) set it as low as €18 million?
This was back in 2011, so Thiago didn't have the leverage he has now.
It's another head-scratching administrative blunder from Barça upper management, who compete with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City to see who can handicap themselves the most whilst still being successful.
Joan Gaspart is thinking to himself: "see, I'm not the only idiot in Catalunya."