Catalan paper Sport has claimed that Barcelona are working on a deal that will take Thiago Alcantara AND David Villa to Old Trafford, with Wayne Rooney going the other way.
The paper’s headline reads [translated]
“Barca designs a three-way operation. Rooney leaves Manchester for the Nou Camp for 30 million Euros with Thiago and Villa moving to Old Trafford for 26 million.”
The problem with such a deal, may not even be the suggestion of Rooney leaving Old Trafford, it’s the idea that David Villa at 31 years-old with just 15 league goals in his last two seasons could be do a job for United. A few seasons ago many Reds would have welcomed Villa- especially before the 2011 Champions League final- but now after a serious injury at the end of 2011 and with time not on his side, its a doubtful move to say the least.