WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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24/06/2013 07:56

Papers: Thiago hint

The Mirror's Alan Nixon writes...

United given Thiago boost as dad drops OT hint


Manchester United boss David Moyes' bid for Barcelona babe Thiago Alcantara has been given a DOUBLE boost. Alcantara’s influential ex-Brazil international dad Mazinho thinks he should join United ahead of City, Bayern Munich and latecomers Chelsea this week. And the Spain Under-21 skipper’s gifted young brother Rafinha is also heading for the Premier League from Barca on loan - making a move to England more appealing. Now the plan is for the family to relocate to the north-west, where they can all live together. Striker Rafinha is being sent out on loan for a season by Barcelona, and Everton is a likely destination for the 20-year-old although United chief Moyes could even sign him if it helps push the move for his sought-after brother over the line. Chelsea and Arsenal are also keen on Rafinha, as well as brilliant Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu who is also being sent out on loan for a year for experience.

The Daily Mail reports that Sir Alex Ferguson's first ever United team-sheet - hand-written and signed by the man himself - for the Reds' match with Oxford United on 8 November 1986 fetched £19,500 at auction - six times the asking price.

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