Manchester United stand in pole position to sign the Spanish starlet, who has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club.
Spain's Under-21 skipper Thiago Alcantara has emerged as Manchester United's prime target this summer, according to The Sun.
The 22-year-old led Spain to win the European Under-21 Championships last night, with a heroic first half hat-trick to secure a 4-2 win over opponents Italy.
Manchester United new boss is believed to be a long-term admirer of the midfielder, who was out of reach for David Moyes at his former club Everton.
The Premier League champions have also been targeting the Barcelona wonderkid for the past three years.
According to the Metro, Thiago is keen to quit Barcelona and has asked the club for a switch this summer.
Thiago has been lacking first-team action with Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas as preferred options for the Spanish champions.
Thiago is eyeing to be part of Spain's squad for the the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which is not possible until he gets regular playing time.
Manchester United are interested in signing a holding midfielder alongside Michael Carrick, with Anderson likely to be sold, Darren Fletcher facing health issues and Paul Scholes retired.
David Moyes is reportedly preparing a £15 million bid for the youngster.
The Spaniard is also believed to be chased by United's arch rivals Manchester City and German treble winning side Bayern Munich.
However, Manchester United are in pole position to land the highly-rated midfielder.
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