AS Roma are ready to pounce for Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Roma coach Luis Enrique wants to bring his former Barcelona B star to the Italian capital before the transfer deadline falls.

Despite penning a new deal last month, Thiago's future at Barca is again clouded after the arrival of Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal.

Thiago has enjoyed an excellent preseason, but his progress is now sure to be blocked as Cesc arrives to boost coach Pep Guardiola's midfield options.

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