Last Updated: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:30
Barcelona will make a last-ditch bid to keep Thiago Alcantara who had looked all set to be joining Manchester United.
The highly-rated 22-year-old, who recently helped Spain's Under-21s win the European Championships in Israel, seemed certain to be linking up with the Red Devils this summer after reports last week suggested a £17million deal had been agreed for his signature.
A proposed move to Old Trafford came about because the player wanted to join a club that he felt would give him more first-team opportunities as he targets a place in his country's senior squad for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.
And as Thiago failed to play in 60 per cent of Barca's games last term, he wanted to make the move to link up with David Moyes' side where he would come in as a replacement for the retiring Paul Scholes.
But Barca coach Tito Vilanova is determined to keep Thiago at the Nou Camp and it is being reported that the player's father, Mazinho, and the Catalan giants' club president, Sandro Rosell, have been holding talks over a possible deal to match United's five-year offer.
But Thiago's reservations about how much first-team football he would get at Barca could still see him opt to join United.
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