18 May, 2013 - 12:39

Thiago Alcantra has been transfer-listed by Barcelona

Thiago Alcantra has been transfer-listed by Barcelona

Top European sides have been put on alert with the news highly-rated Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantra has been put on the transfer list by the club.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are weighing up a move for the talented 22-year-old Spain international, however his hefty £20-million tag could prove a major stumbling block.

Sir Alex Ferguson has made several attempts of signing the player, whose father is famous Brazilian football player Mazinho, but had his £12million bid rejected by the club. David Moyes is yet to take over United as new manager, he is equally yet to settle a list of desired transfer targets, but the Scot may be interested in expanding his midfield options with a technically gifted and mentally strong Spaniard.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have a good squad packed with quality players, and with the future arrival of Mario Gotze they will probably give up their interest on Thiago Alcantra. That is why Manchester City, who are planning to refresh their squad in the wake of Mancini’s sacking, are considered the most likely candidates to win the battle for the player’s signature.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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