Manchester United have reportedly emerged as the new frontrunners to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
With just a year remaining on his contract, the Spaniard is said to be keen on accepting a new challenge elsewhere during the next transfer window.
Throughout this month, Liverpool have been regarded as the favourites for the former Barcelona man, who may be available for a fee in the region of £30m.
However, according to Sport, United have moved into pole position for the 29-year-old's signature.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is well stocked for options in the centre of the pitch, the Norwegian may jump at the opportunity to sign the playmaker for a cut-price fee.
At a time when they are thought to be prioritising a winger, much could depend on whether United are able to secure qualification for next season's Champions League.