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Barcelona midfielder available for €25m transfer

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Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been made available for transfer as the club prepare to listen to offers in the region of €25million, reports Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

The 22-year-old has made 24 appearances in La Liga this season, but has struggled to cement his place in Tito Vilanova's starting XI, with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, and Cesc Fabregas ahead of him in the Camp Nou pecking order.

After helping Spain to the European U21 championships two summers ago, Alcantara was expected to kick-on and establish himself as a leading star at Barcelona, but his progress has been slower than originally anticipated.

With three goals and nine assists in all competitions in 2012/13, the season hasn't been a complete failure by any stretch of the imagination, but there is a growing feeling that the player needs more regular football in order to prevent his development from being hampered any further.

The €90million release clause written into Alcantara's contract will become entirely redundant after it emerged the Catalan club will accept far lower offers, but will insert a buy-back option into any prospective deal.

Barcelona will look to reinvest the money generated from Alcantara's sale straight back into the squad, with Santos starlet Neymar having been identified as the Spanish champions' primary transfer target this summer.

 

 

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