Why Barca needs to know Thiago’s decision now

Thiago Alcantara is the toast of the Catalan club this week. His great exhibition in the final of the European Under-21 with hat trick included, has put Barcelona on red alert, especially as the player has until 31st July the power to leave the club without paying his full buyout clause that to date only costs 18 million euros plus VAT. The young player is getting very important offers that have questioned his continuity at the Camp Nou, something that is also fuelled by the player’s reluctance to speak and his desire to clinch the necessary role in order to play at the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Whatever decision Thiago makes, FC Barcelona prefers that it doesn’t drag on and gets sorted out soon. Both the technical and managerial staff would prefer Thiago Alcantara to be brave and stay, accepting the challenge of fighting for his place among the best in the world. But if he chooses to do otherwise, then he should make his plans known now. That would give the club more time to act, whether to seek out a replacement or to reinforce other positions.

Thiago’s performance against Italy has cemented the ambition of several big clubs to make with a talent like him at such a reasonable price, especially when compared to the 90 million euros that he will cost on 1st August.

Whatever Real Madrid, the truth is that they did consider the possibility of signing Thiago and it was the player himself who shut the doors on Madrid, according to Spanish sports paper Mundo Deportivo. Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich also express an interest but the abundance of talent in the middle of the field at the German club could reproduce the problem Thiago faces now at the Camp Nou.

Among the candidates in the race for Thiago, the club that has the upper hand is Manchester United as new coach David Moyes has much more space in the midfield for the young Barca player. David de Gea, and fellow Under-21 star knows it, and has spent days giving clues like  “we’ll see each other in Manchester” which was written on a football.

Yesterday, on his arrival back to Spain, De Gea spoke to the media: “I hope he comes as any Manchester United player would love to have Thiago with us, he’s a great player,” said De Gea, who later confessed that he was “joking”.

Manchester City still waiting in the wings

Finally, there is also the option of Manchester City, especially if they fail to sign the other hero of the Under-21 team, Isco.

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  1. let him go and buy gundogan

  2. as much as every cules wants him to stay, if he thinks he’s not bold enough to wait for his time as the likes of Xavi did then he should now act fast and go. and if he goes, let Barca just add a little with the money and get gundogan immediately.


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