Manchester United Agree Five-Year Deal with Barcelona Star Thiago Alcantara: £17m Move Within 48 Hours

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Man United have agreed a five year contract with Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara according to the Daily Star.

The 22 year old Spanish international is set to become the first major signing of David Moyes’s reign as Old Trafford boss and looks set to be complete this week, with some sources suggesting a deal could be announced as the Scot’s first official press conference on Friday.

The deal is expected to cost Man United a fee of approximately £17m, this being the fee needed to trigger the youngster’s transfer release clause.

Alcantara is a player Moyes clearly wants to bring in to help strengthen and freshen up a midfield that looked brittle last term. Paul Scholes has retired, Darren Fletcher is still recovering from long term illness and Anderson may well be sold.

The incoming Man United boss may well look to partner the industrious youngster alongside veteran Michael Carrick in the centre of his Man United midfield.

Thiago Alcantara started just 15 of Barcelona’s 38 La Liga fixtures last term and has made a total of 98 appearances for Barcelona since making his debut in May 2009.

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