Sport seem to be attempting to outdo themselves over the past few days with their headlines and front pages regarding Manchester United. They've had two Thiago front pages which didn't match their actual story inside and three times in the last week have said that Wayne Rooney could be likely to turn up at the Camp Nou next season. It sounds barely believable, as does the prospect of Manchester United taking David Villa as part payment.
The Catalan newspaper have escalated their claims and now say that Barcelona will send Manchester United two players, Thiago and David Villa, in exchange for Wayne Rooney. They'll also add an extra €4m, valuing Thiago at €18m, Villa at €8m and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney at €30m.
Villa is set to leave Barcelona because he's had trouble getting into the Barcelona team over the past couple of seasons and is aware the situation is only likely to get worse with the arrival of Neymar. There have been occasions when the club hasn't played a striker and that's been through choice rather than desperation, the arrival of the Brazilian wonderkid would appear to make that more likely with Messi and Neymar playing as the two main threats and perhaps accompanied by another in a fluid front three.
The idea of Wayne Rooney being the head-point of the attack is hard to digest, considering they haven't really gone for that before, and Neymar's arrival would make that less likely. Then there's the cost, Barcelona may feel they can get Rooney for a player plus cash deal but would Manchester United want David Villa and would he want them?
He wouldn't be picked over Robin van Persie and isn't as adaptable as Wayne Rooney, he'd spend much of his time on the bench, which is the reason he wants to leave Barcelona. Wayne Rooney is on wages which are so high, according to most reports, that Barcelona would surely rule out the possibility of ever matching them.
Thiago to Manchester United looks more likely by the day, simply because he hasn't said he's staying at Barcelona and their press appear to have given up, but the increasingly wild claims from Sport seem to be based more on office conversations than what they genuinely feel is going on.
On Friday they had a front page claiming it was ULTIMATUM! time for Thiago, but explained inside that he was going to make his decision before July 15th. On Saturday their front page said Thiago to Manchester United was done, but inside they said he could still move to Bayern Munich or another club. On Sunday they claimed that Manchester United were actively trying to sell Wayne Rooney to Barcelona through agents and today Sport push further, they did mention it yesterday, a huge swap deal involving Thiago and Villa for the England international.
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