Report: Thiago Alcantara edging closer to Manchester United move

Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara in action on May 1, 2013
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Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is edging closer to a move to Manchester United as negotiations are reportedly at an advanced stage.

Manchester United have edged a step closer to signing Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to a report.

The Spanish Under-21 international has been linked with the Red Devils throughout the summer and a deal is now near to being struck between the two sides.

United and the Catalan club have agreed a fee in the region of £17.5m and the Red Devils have also agreed a five-year deal with the player, as discussions are well advanced and "only little details remain to close the operation", reports The Sun.

A source told further added: "Thiago is very excited about the chance to play in the Premier League. He's always loved it."

Thiago captained the Spanish Under-21 side to victory at the European Championship this summer, as he notched a hat-trick in the final.

Thiago stretches for possession against Athletic Bilbao.
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