Twice in the last five years we have witnessed a Manchester United – Barcelona finals in the UEFA Champions League. Twice the tie has finished in favour of the Spanish champions. For a club like Manchester United defeat is always a hard pill to swallow. They know that the secret of Barca’s success has been their youth academy graduates who are all big names not only in Catalan households but worldwide now. What Manchester United wouldn’t give to get one of those starlets to Old Trafford! Turns out only 15 million pounds might be enough.
Thiago Alcantara is a player of immense talent and is a player in mould of the world’s best midfielder, Xavi. He possesses remarkable playmaking qualities and can also play that fatal final pass as well as score goals from the midfield. Alcantara also has a very shrewd agent as it turns out. The player's release clause is as high as 77 million pounds. But if he doesn’t play enough games, that release clause drops down to a paltry 15 million pounds, which for his talent is a very good price. Alcantara has also been vocally dissatisfied with his playing time under new coach Tito Vilanova. Manchester United have been tracking the player for some time now and this pieces of information may just be enough for United to simply activate his release clause and circumvent all the hassles of negotiating with the parent club.