Manchester United are in advanced talks for Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The Daily Mail says United are on the verge of signing Barcelona midfield star Thiago in a £17million deal.

The Premier League champions have stolen a march on rivals Manchester City by agreeing personal terms of £5m-a-year with Thiago, 22, and his father Mazinho.

They still have to finalise a deal with Barcelona and sources say that it is unlikely there will be any announcement on Friday, but discussions between the two clubs will continue over the weekend.