Thiago’s Gunners link quashed

Reports have suggested Barcelona were prepared to offer Thiago in

part-exchange of a £50million swoop for long-term transfer

target Fabregas. Thiago, 20, is highly-rated at the Nou Camp, but

he has found first-team opportunities hard to come by because of

Barca’s star studded line-up. It had been suggested Barcelona were

hoping to finally persuade Arsenal to part with Fabregas by

offering Thiago as part of the deal. However, Thiago’s father,

former Brazil international Mazinho, claims the midfielder is going

nowhere as he remains part of Pep Guardiola’s plans. “We have seen

the news in the papers, but I belive that Thiago enters in the

plans of Guardiola for next season,” Mazinho told EFE. “My son

stays at Barcelona. They have a contract and we have decided it’s

continuity. “Thiago is developing and needs to evolve. “This season

was important, but next season could be better.”