Manchester United bid to replace the retired Paul Scholes has taken a blow after reported target Thiago Alcantara signed a two-year extension at Barcelona.
The Spanish under-21 international has also had a release fee of €90 million attached to his contract to warn off potential suitors.
United were said to have bid £15 million for Alcantara following his impressive performances of a victorious Spain side during the Under-21 European Championships in Denmark.
After signing Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David De Gea, United are keen to add a creative midfielder to their ranks following the retirement of Scholes, and the expected departure of Ryan Giggs next summer.
The likes of Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder have both been linked with the club, but Alcantara, at 20 years old, would represent better value for money for United, who may have to shell out as much as £30 million for either of the aforementioned duo.
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