According to SportsDirectNews, Manchester United have agreed a £17 million fee with FC Barcelona for the transfer of Spain international Thiago Alcantara.

Via SportsDirectNews

"United manager David Moyes wants to add quality to his midfielder this summer and can offer the Spaniard the regular starting XI berth he craves and SportsDirect News now understands the two clubs have agreed a fee of £17 million for the player."

The Red Devils had already agreed personal terms with the player in the past week but Barcelona were reluctant to accept their European rivals' transfer bid as they wanted to persuade Thiago to change his mind on leaving the Nou Camp.

However, the latest developments indicate that the Catalans have now given up hope of keeping hold of their prized asset and are willing to delve into the player's demands.

Thiago is keen to secure a place in Spain's 2014 World Cup squad. At Barcelona, he was only afforded limited playing time and the 22-year-old is not fully convinced whether the situation will change next term.

If he stays at Barcelona, Thiago will have to compete for a starting spot with the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas. And with Tito Vilanova showing reluctance to play Thiago even after winning the league last season, it is unrealistic to imagine that the midfielder will get the chance to move up the pecking order in the 2013/14 season.

United, on the other hand, have assured Thiago that he will be a starter for the club. David Moyes has told Thiago's father, Mazinho, that he wants the Spain U-21 captain to be his 'new Arteta' at Old Trafford. Thus, if he aims to break into his national team's squad, United will undoubtedly present Thiago with the required platform to do so.