Barcelona’s spokesman Toni Freixa earlier confirmed that Thiago is expected to join up with the squad for pre-season training on July 15.
Given that the 22-year-old remains under contract with Barcelona, it is hardly a surprise that the club expects him to continue with his player duties, it would be stranger if he didn’t.
But tonight, there have been unconfirmed reports that Thiago has been officially listed as part of Barcelona’s 2013 Asian tour that starts on August 7.
Thiago Alcântara is listed as part of Barcelona's pre-season tour.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) July 9, 2013
It seems Barcelona are finally starting to make public moves regarding the Thiago situation having kept quiet up until now and if Thiago does join up with Barcelona on tour, he wouldn’t finish until one week before the start of the Premier League season which begins on August 17 and would take no part in United’s tour.
Rewind to last summer. Robin van Persie was supposed to join up with Arsenal for their pre-season tour following Holland’s early exit from Euro 2012 but he was omitted from the squad by Wenger and he had soon made the move to Old Trafford.
In a similarly silent fashion to that of Thiago currently, van Persie did not publicly comment on his future at Euro 2012 until he had moved to United, something he later admitted was at the wish of Arsenal.
Despite a similar situation arising this summer with Thiago’s potential current transfer, his circumstances are different. The club do not need to negotiate any sort of deal because of his €18 million release clause – it is simply a decision that Thiago must decide upon himself if the clause is met by any club.
Thiago is yet to give any concrete hint as to where he will be playing next season. Both him and Barcelona have kept their cards very close to their chest right now but with United’s pre-season training already underway, Barcelona’s about to begin and the respective tours coming up, Thiago will have to make a decision soon as to where he wants to ply his trade next season.