Manager Erik ten Hag could be about to add one of MLS’s best developing prospects to his squad, with the attacking midfielder already impressing Lionel Messi.
The Red Devils are anticipated to finalize the signing of the England international, who is due to leave his boyhood club Chelsea for Old Trafford soon.
Since the homegrown ace was unable to come to an agreement on new terms this summer, a breakup became inevitable as his contract at Stamford Bridge entered its final year this month. With the Blues expected to get £55 million for the academy graduate, a permanent move to Manchester United now beckons for the player.
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However, when it comes to adding reinforcements to this area of the pitch, the 20-time English champions might not stop there. According to Argentine journalist Bruno Gonzalez Garcia, Manchester City and the Premier League‘s giants are keeping an eye on Atlanta United midfielder Almada’s availability.
The attacking midfielder became the first MLS player to win a World Cup in 2022, and he has impressed since making a record-breaking move to the United States. In addition to winning the league’s Newcomer of the Year title last season, he has been selected to play for the MLS All-Stars against Arsenal this summer.
Thiago Almada is one of the league’s most promising players, with 15 goals and 16 assists in MLS since joining Mercedes Benz Stadium. Given his playing style as a front-foot attacking midfielder with skill and the ability to make a difference in the final third, he might offer Ten Hag with a long-term replacement for Bruno Fernandes.
The international colleagues, and captain Lionel Messi, have not been blind to the Argentinian starlet’s abilities either. Speaking after Almada made his national team debut against Honduras last year, the legendary winger praised the 22-year-old’s technical ability while also praising his bravery and intelligence.
He said: “Thiago [Almada] plays loose, he’s very fast and he has a lot of 1-v-1 ability. He’s very clever and he’s not afraid of anything. He goes at you.”
His place in Argentina’s history is already assured as a member of the team that won the World Cup for the first time since Diego Maradona’s era in 1986. Perhaps a move to Old Trafford this summer will present the opportunity to build on this success.