Paul Pogba has agreed to join Barcelona according to reports in the Catalan press.
The French midfielder is set to be one of the most sought after players in the summer transfer window, and has attracted the interest of some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Chief amongst his suitors is said to be Manchester United, with reports suggesting that boss Louis van Gaal has identified the 21-year-old as his top target.
Article continues below
However there's a chance he miss out on his man with Catalan newspaper Sport claiming that Barcelona have beaten Manchester United to the punch. They report that Pogba has agreed to a move to the Nou Camp - although will be unable to complete the switch until 2016 when Barcelona's transfer ban is lifted.
The Spanish giants are yet to agree a fee with Juventus, who are believed to be holding out for an offer worth €80 million. while Manchester City are said to be willing to offer closer to €100 million, but haven't got a deal in place with the player.
Article continues below
Crucially, Sport say Pogba has his heart set on a move to Barcelona over any other club and wants to play alongside Lionel Messi, which will work in their favour when it comes to thrashing out an agreement with Juventus.
Barcelona are gearing up to say goodbye to veteran midfielder Xavi, and have been linked with a host of alternatives in recent weeks. They will get to take a closer look at his potential replacement when Luis Enrique's side take on Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin on June 6.
Manchester United are likely to set their sights on Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan as an alternative target if Pogba is on his way to Spain. The German international has already informed his club that he won't be signing a new contract when his current deal expires in 2016, meaning he will likely be moved on in the summer.
If Paul Pogba does go on to join Barcelona then they will be virtually unstoppable. They already have the most feared attacking unit in the game, and a well balanced midfield behind them in Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. Putting Pogba in there for either one of those three would create a monster.
Manchester United need to hope that talks of a deal with Barcelona are premature and they most likely are - Marca claimed this week that David de Gea had already agreed to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid which was quickly rebuked by all involved.
However it does seem as though Barca's interest is real and that means Manchester United are fighting a losing battle.