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The 22-year-old, who has been on his summer break after helping Spain win the European Under-21 Championship in June, is due to meet up with his Barca team-mates on July 15

Manchester United appear no closer to the signing of Thiago after Barcelona confirmed the midfielder will begin pre-season training in Catalunya this week.

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The Red Devils have offered the 22-year-old a £6.2 million-per-year contract to move to Old Trafford, but as yet the two clubs have not reached an agreement.

And now Barcelona spokesman Toni Freixa has stated that Thiago will join up with his current team-mates on Monday after his summer break.

"We have the players we have. Thiago is one of those and he'll start pre-season with the team as expected," he told Catalunya Radio.

David Moyes refused to be drawn on potential new signings in his first press conference as United manager on Friday, but did admit he is doubtful of wrapping up any deals before the club depart for their pre-season tour of Asia.

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