Thiago Alcântara is supposedly on the verge of joining Premier League champions, Manchester United.
After the Under-21 European Championship final, Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea signed the hat-trick heroes match ball with 'see you in Manchester', so how likely is this potential transfer to happen?
Although it may be too soon to say, Thiago is still a very gifted and talented player. He is also the captain of the Spain Under-21 squad and is very highly rated by current club, Barcelona - so much so that the original value of his buyout clause was around €90 million. He is a very exciting player and would add some much needed flair to the Manchester United midfield.
As with any Barcelona player, Thiago has exceptional passing - he rarely gives the ball away and is excellent at making pin-point passes. The Under-21 Euros highlighted these abilities, especially his ball retention and even his defensive skills. Thiago showed excellent maturity and promises to be a world class talent.
Arguably his most impressive feature is his sensational dribbling. Thiago has a very Brazilian-like quality, perhaps largely because both of his parents are Brazilian! He is able to turn defenders with ease whilst also playing the right pass.
The 22-year-old is strong with both feet and is a good header of the ball. Along with a powerful shot and an eye for goal, he is a very exciting prospect and undoubtably has the potential to become one of the best players in world football.
If United were to sign Thiago, it would certainly bolster up their midfield. In doing so, it may have taken new manager David Moyes just three weeks to solve a problem Manchester United have had for five years.
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