Red Devils could even seal a deal for Barca attacker by the end of the week.
FC Barcelona have given up all hope of keeping hold of coveted midfield player Thiago Alcantara this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The highly skilful Spain international has been the subject of intense from Premier League champions Manchester United for some time now, with new Red Devils head coach David Moyes known to be a huge admirer of the 22-year-old’s.
However, it had been expected that Alcantara would reject United’s advances and instead remain at Camp Nou next season, despite the playmaker having only featured in 101 matches in all competitions for the Liga champions since making his debut for the club in the 2008-09 campaign.
That scenario, though, does not now appear to be on the cards, with reports coming out of Spain suggesting that Barca boss Tito Vilanova has tried, but failed, to persuade the Spain Under-21 international captain to remain in Catalonia beyond this summer.
And that means that the path has now been cleared for Moyes to launch a £17 million bid for the player, who netted a hat-trick in his country’s recent European U21 Championship final win over Italy in Israel.