Thiago deal imminent at Old Trafford
Despite pleas from Barcelona to stay, Thiago’s move from the Nou Camp to Manchester United looks close.
Bayern Munich are also interested in Thiago and the prospect of linking up with the European Champions and previous Barca manager Pep Guardiola is sure to be on that Thiago would fancy, however rumours suggest a deal to join Old Trafford could be complete by as early as next week.
Given consistent match-time Thiago would certainly improve and fulfill the obvious potential the Spanish under-21 captain has. At Barcelona the youngster was never assured of a regular starting place given the ridiculous amount of midfield talent at their disposal, something United certainly can’t compete with.
United will probably look to bring in two midfielders this summer, however Thiago’s team mate Cesc Fabregas won’t be one of them.
The former Arsenal player recently reiterated his desire to fight for a starting birth at the Nou Camp and suggestions of a Premier League return were ‘nonsense’.
Manchester United have officially had a £12million bid for Leighton Baines rejected by Everton.
New United manager David Moyes wants Baines to follow him in making the move from Goodison Park to Old Trafford, however Everton have said the player isn’t for sale.
Whether Everton will continue to deny Moyes in his pursuit of his former player is unknown, with Manchester United ready to make an improved bid for the left full-back.
Despite an improved goal tally, Patrice Evra struggled by his own high standards last campaign and a move for Baines had been on the cards even before Moyes’s arrival.
Moyes is yet to bring in a real first-team player at United since his arrival, however he clearly has a wish-list and Baines is right at the top.
The former Wigan defender signed for Everton in 2007 and has excelled, improving season by season and last campaign was easily his best.
There have been calls by many for Baines to oust Ashley Cole of his left-back spot in the national side and Baines has played considerably more in the last year than he has previously for England.
Although other positions may be of more immediate attention (a creative midfielder springs to mind), Baines you’d feel would certainly edge Evra out of a starting XI spot for next season.
The news is hardly music to the ears of Evra, however to replacement left-back Alexander Buttner surely the writing is on the wall and he will probably leave to further his game-time.