Premier League champions Manchester United might miss out on the chance of signing Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara after it has been revealed that the Spanish champions are thinking about offering the youngster a new contract at the club.
Reports suggested last week that a deal had been agreed between the two clubs for Thiago to join Manchester United subject of a medical, but it now looks like Barca want to offer the midfielder a new contract at the club.
It was thought that a £17m deal from United was enough to seal the deal for the 22-year-old, but it now looks like the Spaniard will have to make a decision on whether he wants to stay at Nou Camp or make the move to Old Trafford.
New United manager David Moyes has spoken about Thiago and wants him to be the next Paul Scholes at the club as he eyes further signings in order to create his own-look United team.
His pursuit for Cesc Fabregas failed as the Spaniard revealed that he wants to stay in Spain for the rest of his career despite heavy reports suggesting otherwise and it now looks like he may fail to capture Fabregas' team-mate, Thiago.
It has been reported in the Metro newspaper that Thiago’s father, Mazinho, and Barca’s club president, Sandro Rosell have been holding private talks about the player's future and it is believed that a new contract could be offered for the 22-year-old to stay at the Spanish champions rather than move abroad to join the English champions.
The talks were positive as a new contract was spoken about between the father and the club president, but it was also made clear that there is no guarantee about Thiago's game-time and that may be the deciding factor in the Spaniard's future.
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been speaking about the midfield-man and the Welshman rates him highly.
"I’ve seen him in several games," he said, "He’s a good player but there’s always a lot of speculation with United and good players. We’ll see if it happens in the end but he’s a big talent."
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