Manchester United have agreed terms on a five-year contract with Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

According to the Daily Star, the Spain Under-21 international is on the verge of completing a £17million to Old Trafford after the contract was agreed in principle.

New Manchester United manager David Moyes has issues to address with his central midfield, as there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding that area.

Paul Scholes has now retired for a second time, Darren Fletcher is beginning his comeback from serious long-term health problems and Anderson has failed to realise his potential.

Signing Thiago will add further quality to the Red Devils’ midfield and Manchester United fans will be expecting big things of him this summer.

The 22-year-old Barcelona youth system graduate captained Spain’s Under-21 side to victory in the European Championship this summer and was impressive throughout.

Barcelona were desperate to keep Thiago at the club and were reportedly trying to convince him to sign a new deal, though he is unhappy with the playing opportunities he is currently getting at Camp Nou.

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