Barcelona rival Everton for Japanese midfielder


Barcelona have taken an interest in signing Keisuke Honda from CSKA Moscow as they look to replace reported Manchester United target Thiago Alcantara, according to talkSPORT.

Honda has been linked with moves to Everton and AC Milan following his impressive performances in Japan's Confederations Cup matches this summer.

Although Barcelona have just entered the race for his signature, they will jump straight to the queue and are hot favourites to land the Japanese playmaker.

Barca boss Tito Vilanova fears losing Thiago to Manchester United, so he has lined up Honda as the replacement for the Spain under-21 captain.

It would be a hard offer to turn down for the 27-year-old but he may not be guaranteed much first-team action playing at the Camp Nou - the reason for Thiago's imminent departure - which may come into play when he decides on his own future. 


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