A Manchester United official has told ESPN that a deal with FC Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara is very close to being completed.
New United manager David Moyes, who took over from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson, has pin-pointed Thiago as one of his main transfer targets and the interest strengthened after the ex-Everton boss failed in his pursuit of Thiago's team-mate Cesc Fabregas.
Moyes is keen to sign a new Paul Scholes-like figure and he believes Thiago could be the man to be the new star at Old Trafford.
The Spaniard was the star at the U21-European Championships this summer and he even scored a hat-trick in the final where Spain beat Italy 4-2.
An official from Old Trafford revealed during an interview with ESPN that the negotiations have been very frustrating and they are annoyed that a deal hasn't been finalised yet - but they are confident that something will be sorted soon.
The official from the English champions likened the deal to the Wesley Sneijder one back in 2011, which eventually broke down.
There have been several different reports ranging from Thiago leaving to Thiago staying since rumours started that Moyes wanted Thiago to replace Scholes.
Some have stated that the La Liga champions have offered the 22-year-old a new contract, but some are suggesting that a deal is in place for him to join United next season.
Despite the United official claiming that a deal is very close, a Barca spokesperson revealed that nothing concrete had developed and that he is still a Barcelona player.
Toni Freixa said: "There's no news [regarding Thiago]. He has a contract and didn't say anything, so he's still a Barca player now."
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