Arsenal are monitoring reported Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara, it has been claimed.
Hailed by talkSPORT as 'one of the best young talents in Spain', they also report that the Gunners are plotting a move for the 19-year-old in the summer.
However, Arsenal are expected to have to battle with Liverpool for the signature of the Barcelona midfielder, with reports in Spain having previously speculated that the Anfield club were chasing his signature.
Thiago has represented the Barca first team on only a handful of occasions this season, but has starred for Barcelona B in Segunda Division and is still thought to remain in Pep Guardiola's future plans.
But this isn't expected to stop Arsenal and Liverpool in their pursuit of the teenager and both clubs are said to be considering a move when the transfer window reopens.
Any potential swoop by Arsenal is likely to irk the Barca hierarchy after the Gunners signed Jon Toral from the Catalan club's youth academy last month - something president Sandro Rosel described as 'a little immoral'
Liverpool are also unlikely to be exempt from dissatisfied glances from the La Liga leaders after reports emerged that they were chasing Barca striker Bojan Krkic - another starlet the club are keen to keep at the Camp Nou.
Whether or not Arsenal and Liverpool do formalise their reported interest in Thiago come June 1 remains to be seen, but the acquisition of the Spain under 21 international would prove to be quite a coup.
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