Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara for a sum of £17million.
The Spaniard has decided to leave the Nou Camp this summer, having become fed up with the limited playing time at the Catalans.
Now, United, who have been following Thiago over the past three years, are set to prize away the youngster from the former European champions.
The Red Devils' representatives have already met Thiago's father, Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho, to discuss about the potential transfer and it has been reported that personal terms have been agreed between the two involved parties.
Thiago will earn about £5m-a-year at United, not a mammoth amount for a player regarded as one of the most promising midfielders in European football.
The report from Daily Mail has indicated that no official announcement will be made before the end of the weekend as United are currently still negotiating terms with Barcelona.
Gonzalo Higuain's proposed transfer to Arsenal is reportedly back on, just hours after an agent for Real Madrid denied a deal had been reached. Now The Times,(subscription required) citing reports in the Argentinean press, claim Arsenal have agreed a four-year deal to sign Higuain.
Those reports suggest Arsenal will part with a fee of around £22 million and Higuain will be paid £115,000 per week. That supports previous reports in Spanish outlet AS, that quoted that same figure as the Argentina international's proposed wages at Arsenal.
The back-and-forth to this transfer rumor is becoming bizarre. The press in three different countries seem unable to decide if the deal is on or off.
Arsenal's long-running transfer saga with Gonzalo Higuain has taken another turn, as an agent for Real Madrid has refuted reports the Gunners have agreed a deal to sign the Los Blancos forward.
Reports in Spanish publication AS, claimed both a fee and personal terms were agreed to take Higuain to North London. That report was later picked up by most of the UK press, including The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror.
But Higuain's agent, Ernesto Bronzetti, has poured scorn on these promising rumors. Bronzetti told Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.com, that no deal has been completed.
According to the latest transfer rumors, Manchester United are making substantial progressions in their pursuit of Netherlands international Kevin Strootman.
Although Strootman has a contract with Dutch club PSV till 2016, the player's agent has indicated the desire of his client to move to a bigger club and possibly, the illustrious English Premier League in the summer.
"He (Strootman) is focused on England because that would suit his style," Strootman's agent Chiel Dekker said.
The latter further added, "He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level."
Strootman impressed United's chief scout Jim Lawlor at the recently held U-21 European Championship and the Red Devils are expected to complete the signing of the 23-year-old for a reported sum of £15 million in the next couple of weeks.
Strootman will bring about the much-needed defensive stability to United's midfield and also act as a crucial facilitator to the evergreen Michael Carrick.
Crystal Palace chief executive Phil Alexander has stated that the club 'would love' to have Wilfried Zaha back on loan next season.
Alexander, however, also conceded that the chance for any new deal lies is in the hands of Manchester United.
"It's another option, clearly that's up to Manchester United. He's their player now. Will we be asking? We'll probably ask in passing but it's really down to them," he told Sky Sports News.
"Would we love to see Wilfried back? Of course we would but he's got a career at Manchester United and, after a few training sessions up there, I'm not sure they'll be willing to let him out on loan."
United signed Zaha in the January transfer window but loaned him back to Selhurst Park for the remainder of the campaign.
The 20-year-old gained the required experience and orchestrated Palace's comeback to the Premier League.
Although another loan stint can help Zaha adapt to the aggressive nature and pressure of the Premier League, it is unlikely David Moyes will like this idea.