Manchester United have emerged the favourite to sign Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantra.
David Moyes has been looking for a replacement for Paul Scholes in the midfield and will be glad if his long time target Alcantra could fit into the role next season.
Alcantra, 22, has been frustrated by a lack of first-team action with Barca and United are reported to be willing to offer £15m for the Spanish U-21 starlet.
Thiago underlined his potential by bagging a first-half hat-trick in Spain’s 4-2 victory over Italy to win the European Under-21 Championships last night.
The Spanish keeper opened scoring in the 6th minute with a thumping header, blasted home a 31st minute second and slotted a 38th minute penalty.