Barcelona Reject £15m Manchester United Bid For Starlet Sensation

Old Trafford boss wants Nou Camp youngster.

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Barcelona have turned down a £15million offer from Manchester United for midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

The 20-year-old has caught the eye of the United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as he starred in Sapin’s Euro U21 Championship victory, scoring a stunning 45-yard free-kick in the final.

Other clubs, notably Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers, are chasing the playmaker but the Red Devils are leading the way although Barca are reluctant to sell to a ­Champions League rival.

The La Liga and European champions are happy to sell him to a Premier League club but want a buy-back clause inserted into the agreement, according to the Daily Mirror.

Ferguson sees Alcantara as a long-term replacement for the retired Paul Scholes and is more likely to get a game at Old Trafford then the Nou Camp.

Barca would put Thiago in the Cesc Fabregas deal with Arsenal if they can have a recall on him – a plan that’s not much use to the Gunners as the talks for their skipper drag on.

Bizarrely Bolton Wanderers, who have been on Thiago’s trail for over a year, may have a chance as they are prepared to take him on Barca’s terms.

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