Just had to clean up a few spilt pints, as a few customers celebrated the news, from The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson, that Manchester United’s move for Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara is ‘back-on’.
It was believed the Red Devils had missed out on the creative midfielder, as the La Liga club had given Thiago reassurances that he will receive greater first team opportunities next season but this may now not be the case.
A deal, for the player who recently captained Spain’s Under-21’s to Euro 2013 glory, would be in the region of £17 million and on a five-year deal but United don’t believe the transfer can be completed before the beginning of their three-week pre-season tour, on Wednesday.
If the 22-year-old does opt for Manchester it will be new United boss David Moyes’ second signing since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson and will help fill the void left by Paul Scholes, who retired (again) at the end of last season.
The potential addition of the Barcelona ace to United’s midfield will bring a few smiles to the faces of United fans, here at the Football Transfer Tavern, who have done nothing but stay till ‘last orders’ and curse the reported transfer request from Wayne Rooney.