Arsenal have reportedly made contact with the father of Barcelona youngster Thiagi Alcantara.

The Barcelona teenager is being linked with a move away from the Camp Nou amidst confusion over his long-term future at the club, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to have taken steps to find out the player's availability.

TalkSPORT goes on to claim that Manchester United have also been in contact, with reports in Catalonia claiming that both Barclays Premier League outfits have chased up former Brazilian international Mazinho.

Manchester City have also been linked with a move for the player in the past, but title rivals Arsenal and Manchester United are believed to be favourites if the Barca B starlet decides to leave Spain.

Gunners chief Arsene Wenger is renowned for getting the best out of young talent, and would look to use the influence of Cesc Fabregas in any potential Arsenal move.

Sir Alex Ferguson is less renowned for taking youngsters from foreign countries, although the history and success of Manchester United could be lure enough for the player.

That said, the Old Trafford outfit have denied any interest in transfer activity in January, leaving Manchester United out in the cold and the Emirates club in prime position - should they strike a deal with the player.

With Alcantara's contract set to expire on January 31st, more clubs are expected to take an interest and Arsenal might have to move quickly to secure a deal.

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