Abramovich supposedly travelling to Israel to sort out a deal for Thiago

Alex Grimm

The U21 European Championship ended the other day, with outright favorites Spain coasting to the title with a 4-2 win over Italy, courtesy a brilliant hattrick by a certain Spaniard we allegedly have an eye on.

Thiago turned in a match-winning performance, which will expectably have done little to dim the buzz surrounding his immediate future, as the weeks roll by and the date of expiry for his reduced £18M clause draws nearer.

Anyway, Mundo Deportivo today are claiming Roman Abramovich, who's in Israel, attending the 90th birthday celebrations of President Shimon Peres, will be taking time out to 'use his approach' to try and convince Thiago to resist offers elsewhere and join him and Mourinho at Chelsea.

To be honest, I can't remember the last time a report mentioning Abramovich traveling to add a 'personal touch' to negotiations was followed up by actual news of a breakthrough, but all the same, the party guise mentioned here could very easily end up being more than just a guise after all. At the same time, it could just be a wildly imaginative Spanish newspaper getting typically carried away, so take this one with a huge (huuuuuge) pinch of salt.

When you consider how gettable Thiago's release clause happens to be, one has to wonder why the club owner would even go and meet the player to begin with, but when you take into account the fact that there's enough other suitors, (meaning a number of equally desirable offers on the table), coupled with the fact that Barca are actually confident they'll be able to fend off interest and keep him, swaying the player in question suddenly becomes the most influential factor in the transfer, and this report just about begins to make some sense.

Stay tuned folks, if this one indeed has any legs, a swift resolution shouldn't far aw— just kidding — the kid'll take an eternity to make up his mind so fully expect a drawn out saga here. No anxiety!

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