Manchester United Transfer News: Thiago Quiet Over Old Trafford Move as De Gea Looks to Convince Barcelona Midfielder to Join United

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May 29, 2013 03:16 AM EDT
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Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara eludes Pape Diop of Levante in their La Liga game, April 20"


Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara has refused to be drawn out on a move to Manchester United in the summer, as rumors of an impending deal for the talented youngster rumbles on.

Thiago is thought to be set for a move away from the Camp Nou, after failing to establish himself in the Barcelona first team this season.

United will be able to buy the Barcelona product on the cheap, after the 22-year-old's release clause dropped down considerably from €90 million (£77 million, $116 million) to just €18 million (£15 million, $22.5 million), after the midfielder failed to play more than 30 minutes in at least 60 percent of Barca's games this season.

Thiago, though, said any decision over his future would be made only after the European under-21 championships, where he is representing Spain.

"I just live my life and I am very happy," he told reporters. "I enjoy it in Barcelona because I have lived through some great times but we will see what happens after the Euros.

"Any player is used to living with rumors about him and they just cannot affect you."

David De Gea is another player involved with Spain in the under-21 championships and the Manchester United goalkeeper has reportedly been trying his best to convince Thiago to move to Old Trafford in the summer.

Thiago, however, believes too much should not be read into comments made by the former Atletico Madrid player.

"All players want the best players in their team," the Barcelona midfielder added. "I could say I hope that he comes to Barca in the same way he says things about me.

"I just think he was having a bit of fun and not too much should be read into it."

David Moyes will certainly be hoping De Gea succeeds in convincing Thiago to join United, because adding someone of his talents, and at the quoted price, will certainly make United's midfield a lot stronger.

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