There is good news for a host of Premier League clubs – notably Manchester United – here in the Football Transfer Tavern as it has been claimed by Sport.co.uk that Thiago Alcantara will not make a move to Real Madrid because he does not want to damage his relationship with Barcelona.
The much sought after player will be leaving the Camp Nou this summer and for much less than it was originally claimed after his new release clause could not be activated due to him not playing the required amount of games.
Several Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Tottenham have been chasing the player and it had been thought a move to England would be on the cards – before Real Madrid joined the pack.
Barca’s fierce arch-rivals were prepared to pay the 22-year-old’s 18 million euro release clause which would automatically mean they could talk to Thiago – yet the player has claimed he would refuse a move due to his love for boyhood club Barcelona. As one of our punters quips, we can understand that he might not be so keen to have a pig’s head thrown at him in the way that so-called traitor Figo did and a move to somewhere like Old Trafford is not exactly a step down.