Barcelona will try their best to make Thiago Alcantara stay in Catalonia and crush Manchester United's hope of signing him, according to ESPN

The 22-year-old has been strongly linked with the Premier League champions after several sparkling performances at the U21 Euro Championships. 

Having been unable to retain a starting spot in Tito Vilanova's side because of the midfield competition, he has wanted to move on where he can discover his full potential. 

The Catalan club have apparently already tried to stall his transfer to United so they can persuade him to stay. 

The Red Devils have expressed their frustration as they want to conclude the deal by the end of this week as Chelsea and Bayern Munich look to destroy United's hopes of capturing the £18million-rated midfielder. 

The Metro reported that the Reds have secured personal terms with Thiago - and the wages are reported to be triple to what it is currently. However, the player's agent is open to hear the offer that Barcelona are willing to make to block his move to England.

Barcelona will try and install better guarantees into Thiago by explaining that he will be Xavi Hernandez's replacement once the Spanish legend retires. 

It is likely that Xavi will get less playing time due to his age and the increase of fixtures monthly. 

However, Barcelona fans will need to understand that the young midfielder needs as much playing time as possible to keep his 2014 World Cup dreams alive. 

To achieve this, Thiago believes joining another team like United will fulfil his dream and potential or Barcelona will simply have to give him more time on the pitch. 

Thiago has been in terrific form in the U21 Euro Championships where he captained the Spanish side to the title along with achieving the Under-21 most valued player.  


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