Barcelona youngster Thiago Alcantara has not enjoyed too many chances in the first team due to the impressive form of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. His contract ends in the summer and has not committed his future to the Blaugrana. Jonathan dos Santos and Thiago are said to be two of the most gifted academy players but at the age of 19, Thiago is interested in playing more in the first team.
Also, the signing of Ibrahim Afellay has pushed him further down the pecking order and he could move on in January. Arsenal and Manchester United are both said to be interested in acquiring the services of the midfielder who has got good vision and creativity.
Thiago would be interested to join the Gunners considering Wenger gives opportunities to youngsters and also, another young Spaniard from La Masia has gone on to captain the Arsenal team. Cesc Fabregas has developed immensely at Arsenal and his progress could influence Thiago’s decision.
Manchester United have also got an excellent record of developing youngsters and are interested in the 19-year old. The Red Devils have not got a proper replacement for the aging Paul Scholes and Sir Alex Ferguson has got a lot of faith in Tom Cleverley. But Thiago could be a good addition and could be a regular for Manchester United in the future.
Barcelona will be interested in keeping the youngster but cannot provide him too many opportunities. He wants to be promoted to the first team and since there are no indications of that happening, he could well move on. Also, Barcelona are expected to sign Cesc Fabregas sometime in the future which means that Thiago’s chances at the heart of the Barcelona midfield is not so good. Arsenal and Manchester United are both good clubs for the youngster and he must decide on which club is best suited to his development.