Thiago Alcantara has decided to leave Barcelona this summer with Manchester United thought to have made an offer for the 22-year-old, reports suggest.
The midfielder, who will captain the Spanish Under-21 side in the European Championship final against Italy this evening, held talks with Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova before making the trip to Israel, Sport suggest, but has now decided his future lies away from the Nou Camp.
Thiago previously had a release clause of a staggering €90m written into his contract, but that fee dropped to a far more attainable €18m after the midfielder failed to appear in 60% of Barcelona's league games last season.
The Spaniard reportedly has two offers from the Premier League waiting, one from United and the other from an unnamed club, with Bayern Munich reportedly still pondering a move.
Thiago's unrest at the Nou Camp comes from his concern over his first-team opportunities at the club. With the perennial presence of Xavi and Andres Iniesta unlikely to be disturbed any time soon, and with Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas also vying for central midfield options, Thiago finds himself down the pecking order, despite his obvious ability.
Sport report that Vilanova and Thiago have already held talks over the midfielder's future, during which the Barca coach attempted to convince the player that his future still lies in Cataluña.
But with Vilanova unable to promise the Brazilian-born Spanish international any more game time than he experienced last season, Thiago has decided a move away represents his best option as he attempts to break into the senior Spanish squad at the 2014 World Cup.
There is little doubt that Thiago's imagination in midfield would be an excellent addition to United's midfield, the area of the squad that is in need of urgent strengthening.
The retirement of Paul Scholes has once again left a hole in midfield while uncertainty still surrounds the future of Anderson and Darren Fletcher, suggesting at least one central midfielder will be recruited this summer.
Thiago has publically stated that he will decide his future following the Under-21 Championships, which have taken place over the past two weeks. The 22-year-old has done little to dissuade his suitors making an offer for him this summer with some sumptuous performances, leading a Spain side that are yet to concede a single goal on their journey to Tuesday evening's final in Jerusalem.