The young Spaniard has been linked with a move to Manchester United.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Barcelona’s young play-maker Thiago Alcantara, the Daily Mirror reports.
Clubs are starting to line-up for the 22 year old after it emerged that his release clause has dropped to just £15 million following a lack of playing time at the Nou Camp last season.
Thiago is seen as one the brightest young players in the world at the moment, having scored a hat-trick in Spain’s European under 21 Championship final against Spain.
New Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is thought to have his eye on Thiago and gave the young Spaniard his debut when he was manager of Barcelona.
Chelsea are also reportedly interested although it seems Bayern and Manchester United are front-runners to sign Thiago.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea recently said that he would like to see Thiago at Old Trafford next season and had been discussing it with his team-mates.
United were thought to be interested in Thiago while Sir Alex Ferguson was at the club and now that he has retired, his replacement David Moyes is equally keen on the Spaniard.
Barcelona will want to hang onto Thiago but must now accept bids of £15 million, meaning effectively it is out of their hands.