Emirates Stadium boss keen on Nou Camp youngster.
Arsenal are contemplating a move for Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara when the transfer window reopens in January, it has been claimed.
According to Spanish radio network Cadena SER, the north London club are keen to bring the 20-year-old to the Emirates Stadium in the new year, but may leave a bid until next summer.
Thiago is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Spanish football, and made his senior debut for La Roja in August, having starred for Spain’s under-21s in a triumphant European Championships campaign.
The young playmaker has been linked with a move to Arsenal for some time and, after the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasir, Arsene Wenger may be encouraged to formalise his interest.
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Thiago Alcantara has impressed many during Barcelona’s pre-season tour of North America and continued that good form with a starring role in the first La Liga game of the season which he started, assisted twice and scored himself during a 5-0 rout of Villarreal. However the 20 year old in all likelihood will be more of a bit part player this season and will struggle in the long term to garner regular first team football.
This source believes that Arsenal will look to make a move for the Spanish Under 21 international who has been likened to Cesc Fabregas but it may prove unlikely that the Nou Camp side will allow the £18m rated pint sized midfielder to move to the North London club as Pep Guardiola attempts to keep his young and up coming talent.
Wenger has the cash to make a significant offer having made upwards of £60m from the sales of Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy and the North London boss is looking to add more creativity to his midfield and clearly the signing of Mikel Arteta helps in that regard but as the former Everton man is 29 years of age then a move for Alcantara would make a great deal of sense.
The Italian born Barcelona man is contracted to the club until 2015 so may prove hard to lure from the Catalan giants though the fact that after a number of seasons on the cusp of the first team without becoming a regular may lead to Alcantara considering his options.
Indeed Thiago only started the first game of the season due to the absence of David Villa and a front three of Leo Messi, Villa and Pedro seems likely to be the order of the day, with Alexis Sanchez and Ibrahim Afellay vying for spots in the attacking third. Alcantara can also play in a central midfield role but the three spots are most likely to be filled by Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, again with Cesc Fabregas and Seydou Keita as back up.
The alarming amount of talent that Guardiola has at his disposal may lead to Alcantara considering his future and perhaps by January or next summer his position in the Barcelona set-up will become clearer and that may be when Wenger decides to strike.