Barcelona wonderkid Thiago Alcantara is a reported target for both Manchester United and Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 20 year old starred for Spain’s under 21 side in the European Championships this month and scored an outstanding goal in the final against Switzerland. Off the back of those performances, Thiago now faces speculation of a move away from current club Barcelona and to the Premier League.
It was reported that Manchester United had tabled a £15m offer for the Spanish star, but Thiago himself is said to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge to play under new manager Andre Villas-Boas. Chelsea are looking to reshuffle their squad and bring in young talent to freshen an ageing line-up and Thiago is seen as the perfect signing.
Thiago’s father, 1994 World Cup winner Mazinho, had previously stated that he wanted his son to stay in Barcelona, but with the limited opportunities available at the Camp Nou and Barca’s reported interest in Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Thiago could move away to England to gain first team football and more experience.
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Chelsea are adamant that new manager Andre Villas-Boas was their first choice for the job and not Guus Hiddink, The Telegraph reports.
Hiddink’s agent revealed that the Blues had approached Hiddink first and were keen on making him their permanent manager for next season, following Hiddink’s successful three months in caretaker charge in 2009. Chelsea sources have revealed that the club never communicated with the Turkish national manager over the vacancy at Stamford Bridge.
The source said: ‘Roman has immense respect for Guus and highly values his opinion, but he did not have any communication with Guus about the job’. Hiddink’s agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen, has counteracted those claims by stating that Hiddink rebuffed Chelsea’s advances.
Villas-Boas is now looking forward to the future at Chelsea and is said to be reshuffling some of the backroom staff to bring in his own acquaintances. First team coach Paul Clement will leave, although assistant first team coach Michael Emenalo will remain at Stamford Bridge.
Ramos rubbishes Blues link.
Chelsea target Sergio Ramos has dismissed reports of him being unhappy at Real Madrid, after the People quoted Ramos’ brother and agent, Rene, claiming that the right back ‘merits better treatment at Madrid’.
The Spanish international’s agent has now rebuffed those claims and is considering taking legal action against the newspaper. Ramos has enjoyed a successful time at Real Madrid and is now a Spain regular, but links have still been made with English clubs for a £40m transfer for the 25 year old. Ramos is paid around £2.8m a year, but was reported as wanting a rise to £4.8m a year for his services to Los Blancos.
Rene has dismissed said claims, stating: ‘I did not say that and I do not know them. I normally do not make any comments, let alone comments as explosive as those. I am very annoyed, because they are looking for controversy where it does not exist’.
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