Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Club Must Wrap Up Thiago Alcantara Deal

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 06:  Sergei Petrov of Russia challenges Thiago Alcantara of Spain during the UEFA European U21 Championships, Group B match between Spain and  Russia at Teddy Stadium on June 6, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Two things have been constant this summer for Manchester United: Wayne Rooney drama and persisting rumours that the club will sign Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara. 

While there isn't much to be done about the former until Rooney is either sold or negotiates a new long-term deal with the Red Devils, the latter is a piece of business United really must wrap up in the near future. 

Even if David Moyes is giving little indication that will happen. From ESPN:

Manchester United manager David Moyes has declined to comment on ongoing speculation surrounding the potential signing of Thiago Alcantara, saying only that he will "inform the supporters as much as I can".

Barcelona midfielder Thiago has been strongly linked with United in recent weeks and months, ever since it emerged that a clause in his contract could allow him to move clubs this summer for as little as £17 million.

Speaking at his first press conference as United manager on Friday, Moyes refused to comment on transfer targets—admitting only that United would always be interested in signing the best possible players.

Mike Prindiville of Pro Soccer Talk believes Alcantara could be signed as soon as Wednesday to ensure he can join the Red Devils on their preseason tour of Asia. I'm sure most United fans would be pleased if things went down that way. 

While Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have already been busy this offseason—and Arsenal is sure to finalize its deal with Gonzalo Higuain one of these days, per Sid Lowe of The Guardian—United has been largely quiet on the transfer front. 

In fact, there have been a lot of questions surrounding the Red Devils this offseason. 

How will Moyes handle replacing a legend like Sir Alex Ferguson? What will happen with Wayne Rooney? Will Cristiano Ronaldo actually return? Will the Premier League contenders catch up to United this year?

But adding Alcantara sooner rather than later would at least alleviate some of the uncertainty that has become a part of this summer for the Red Devils. And he really would be an excellent addition to the United midfield, pairing with Michael Carrick to add a more technical presence beside the solid holding player. 

You get the feeling that United is in a bit of a holding pattern until the Rooney situation resolves itself, but at least an Alcantara signing would be an indication that not all of the team's business is being held hostage by Rooney's future. 

And let's not forget, Alcantara is one of the most promising young players in the world, a player some have tipped as the next Xavi for the Spanish national team. There isn't a club in Europe that wouldn't love to have his signature. 

So yes, Manchester United should wrap things up and bring him to Asia. Let him jell with his teammates. Give the fans something to get excited about this summer.

And for heaven's sake, make some news for a non-Rooney-related reason.

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