When the giant falls, drastic steps must be taken to bring it back to its’ feet. So is the fate of Barcelona after the Spanish giants were humiliated enroute been bundled out of the UEFA Championship League in the most embarrassing fashion. The Blaugranas are now the holder of the record trashing in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Apparently, ashamed at that infamy, the Catalans have set out to put things right and one of the ways of doing so is by investing heavily in the transfer market. But to do that, they will have to sell some of their fringe first team players since they aren’t so rich after all. They have been linked with stars like Neymar and Thiago Silva but to get them, they may have to sell players like Thiago Alcantara, Alexis Sanchez.
The latter is of no concern to me, it is the former that I have designs on. Reports have it that the Spanish youngster will be available for 15 million Euros. Thiago is a cultured midfielder, the ilk of Fabregas. He can play through the center or on the wings but he has found first team opportunities hard to come by owing to the impeccable form of Xavi and Iniesta. Even Fabregas struggled for opportunities in the center.
While it will be a decent to move for Alcantra, he must be a decent player for Manchester United to also be interested but I am not totally down with it simply because we could still get Fabregas.
Besides Alcantra, Fabregas might also be listed for transfer. If that is the case, Arsenal should move for him because he already understands the league having played there for many years and understands Arsenal’s playing style unlike Thiago that will just be coming to the Premier league and might not find adaptation easy. Also, should Fabregas return, he will offer us more loyalty after seeing his Barca DNA shoved in his face but the same cannot be said of Alcantra who might ditch us after some good seasons to replace Xavi or Iniesta. It is high time for Barca to know that we aren’t their feeders team.
Thiago might be the cheaper option but what we might gain in reduced transfer fee, we might be loosing in productivity. Agreed Thiago is younger but Fabregas isn’t so old, he is just 25 with his best years still ahead of him. Thiago might have potentials but Fabregas is visibly more experienced and should he be available, he should be our target and not his younger compatriot.