Man United transfers: Barça should let Thiago join Red Devils, says Cruyff

Man United transfers: Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff believes the Catalan side should let Thiago Alcántara join the Red Devils

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Gerard Pique has urged Thiago Alcantara to stay at Barcelona Photo: fcbarcelona.cat

Johan Cruyff believes Barcelona should allow Thiago Alcántara to join Manchester United if the midfielder isn’t guaranteed regular first-team football at Camp Nou.

The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a swoop for the young playmaker, who is available for £18m due to a clause in his contract which remains active until the end of July.

Thiago was limited to just 15 starts in La Liga last season, scoring two goals and making five assists as the Spain Under-21 international failed to dislodge the likes of Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas and Xavi.

And Cruyff, whose son Jordi played for the Red Devils between 1996 and 2000, reckons Thiago should be allowed to join the Premier League champions if he isn’t going to be a regular starter next season.

“At this point comes the philosophy of the club – you should assign, sell and invest in a player and do it as what you think is right,” Cruyff told the Manchester Evening News.

“If he really has little chance to play, then he has to go. It all depends on Barcelona’s plans.

“If there is little chance that he will get regular playing time, he should leave.

“However, if Barca tell him that he will be a starter, he should stay put. It’s all quite simple really.

“Thiago has a lot of quality and he has plenty of time as he’s still young. Any decision he will take will prove to be a good one.”

Earlier this month, former United defender Gerard Pique urged Thiago to remain at the club and fight for a first-team spot.

“There is a possibility that he could leave but we have to convince him that the best place for him is Barcelona,” Pique told radio station Onda Cero.

“Players in his position like Xavi were patient and they ended up defining an era.

“When you watch [Spain U21s] and see how superior they have been in this tournament you realise that the future is very positive.”

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