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.