Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking to bring in young Spanish midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, from Barcelona this summer. The attack-minded midfielder has impressed for Spain’s junior sides as well as Barcelona’s reserve team and is on the verge of being a permanent fixture in the first team squad at the Camp Nou.
Alcantara, 19, is reputedly one of Spain’s brightest up-and-coming talents, having appeared for his country at every level up to the Under-21s, for whom he is now a regular. Currently alternating between the first-team squad and Barcelona B, the Catalan giants’ reserve side and proving ground for youngsters, the Italian-born attacking midfielder is particularly noted for his excellent passing and dribbling skills.
Arsene Wenger is keen to improve his squad at the end of the season, with a lack of strength in depth partly to blame for the Gunners recent run of poor form that saw them exit from 3 cup competitions in the space of two weeks, and the opportunity to bring in a promising young midfielder from Barcelona has certainly proved successful in the past.
While Wenger may well be interested in the young Spaniard, it seems relatively unlikely that such a move will end up happening. Arsenal would certainly offer Alcantara a more direct route to the first team, considering the Italian-born midfielder is fighting against truly world-class players like Xavi and Iniesta for his place in the Barca side.
However, Guardiola is thought to rate the youngster highly and, having signed a new 2-year contract only recently, it would take a very considerable offer for Guardiola and Barca to let one of their brightest prospects go, and making an inflated bid is something Arsene Wenger is famously loath to do (except in the case of Francis Jeffers).
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