If you've been following this blog or Latin American soccer you should be very familiar with the name Thiago Neves. The Fluminense midfielder notched a hat trick in the finale of the Copa Libertadores--ultimately in a losing cause, as his club lost to Ecuador's LDU Quito.
"Thiago is a 23 year old Brazilian attacking midfielder who was capped a few times by Brazil's Under 23 national team but somehow was never signed by a European club. That may be about to change."--Soccer Source, July 2, 2008Change it will, as FC Barcelona--apparently frustrated with their inability to sign Zenit St. Petersburg's Andrei Arshavin--have made Thiago a target. The Catalan club are reportedly lining up a bid worth €10 million, according to Goal.com.
But they're not the only ones. AS Roma is also after Thiago's signature and you can expect others to join the bandwagon after the Beijing Olympic, where he will be the feature attraction of Brazil's squad.