Barcelona and Spain play maker Alcantara Thiago is set for a pivotel main central role in the heart of Manchester United's midfield next season, and a chance to shine in the Premier League. This reason could well be the temptation that's forcing Thiago to quit Barcelona. The Daily Mail quote that the 22-year-old is 'on the verge' of signing for United.

The report on Friday goes on to state that personal terms have been agreed between the player and the club and he is expected to sign a deal worth £5 million a year. The fee with Barcelona however is yet to be agreed and will be completed over the weekend as long as their are no complications or disagreements with the terms. 

Thiago has lit up the Under-21 European Championships competition and led his country to an emphatic victory over Italy to win the championships, scoring a hat-trick along the way. He is a sought after talent in world football today and was also wanted by Manchester City. But it is thought that the promise of regular first team football was what pursuaded him to chose the red side of Manchester, and he feels this is the time to play regularly in order to stake his claim for a place in Spain's senior squad for the up and coming World Cup 2014 Finals in Brazil.

The fee is expected to be around the £17 million region and is expected to be confirmed and official by early next week.