Date: 22nd May 2013 at 1:12pm
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United may have to go head-to-head with City for the youngster

may have to go head-to-head with City for the youngster

David first signing could be Barcelona midfielder after youngster was linked with a move to in the Spanish press. Skilful, nippy with a quality strike- as United found out in Washington two years ago in a friendly in Washington two seasons ago- the 22 year- could be exactly what the need in the centre of the .

According to Spanish paper ‘Marca’ the Reds are preparing a bid that would match his get-out clause. Marca notes [excuse the less than perfect translation]: Manchester United is looking to contract Thiago Alcantara for next season. It will not even have to enter into negotiations with Barcelona if it stumps up a figure of €18 million, a proposal under serious consideration.

That is the total for the player’s current buy-out clause. Thiago renewed his contract two seasons ago when his release fee was set at €90 million. This amount was reduced, however, to €18 million if he did not play a fixed number of games. And that is exactly what has happened.

The player’s salary should also not present a problem for his departure. The midfielder currently earns €1.8 million a season, a sum which could easily be topped by a number of European clubs.

Check out Thiago’s cracker that leaves DDG rooted to the spot in the Reds win over Barca back in 2011: