MARCA reported on Saturday that Thiago Alcántara could join Atlético on loan if Barcelona manage to sign Cesc Fàbregas.
The Catalans worry that the youngster’s development might stall with the potential arrival of Arsenal’s superstar and are looking to send him on loan for one or two seasons.
In that scenario, Atleti would be a likely destination, as Caminero has already declared his interest in the midfielder during a visit to the Camp Nou some weeks ago, where he spoke with Culé sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.
Acquiring Thiago’s services is also said to be one of Gregorio Manzano’s greatest desires. The coach wants to play a 4-3-3 formation, a setup Thiago is perfectly accustomed to.
A creative centre midfielder is still on the Rojiblanco boss’s wishlist.
Although we already have Paulo Assunção, Raúl García, Mario Suárez, Elias, Fran Mérida and Koke under contract, overbooking apparently isn’t an issue since it is believed the Barcelona player could bring something new to the table: a creative spark that our midfield has been missing for years.
Alcántara, who recently won the European Championship with Spain U21, would be less expensive than Borja Valero and is preferred over Tiago Mendes, who is trying to get his contract with Juventus rescinded.
At AtléticoFans we are huge admirers of Thiago, who seems to have all the tools to become a world class player. He’s only 20 years of age but has already shown to fit in easily with a world class team, and he seems the type of player we have been lacking for years.
But one part of the deal doesn’t sit well with us.
If we are to take Thiago on loan from Barça, only to send him back once he’s fully developed, then how does that make us any better than a team like Getafe? With all due respect to our local rivals, they are often characterised as being little more than a feeder club for Real Madrid.
In the pre-Gil era, Barcelona and Atleti were equals, sharing the same amount of titles, so the thought of becoming a development center for Barça would be another painful and embarrassing confirmation of how the Catalans have surpassed us, while we’re stuck in mediocrity.
We shouldn’t take on a player who will leave for free as soon as Xavi hangs up his boots.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Thiago’s talent is unquestionable and he would undoubtedly improve our team, but how rewarding would this hypothetical deal be for Atlético in the long run?