Chelsea have joined Manchester United in trying to sign midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona, ESPN reports.
Thiago, 22, scored a hat-trick in Spain's 4-2 victory over Italy in this week's Euro Under-21 Championships final. He started 15 league matches with Barcelona last season, recording two goals and five assists.
Thiago is available for €18 million, according to ESPN's report. United are thought to be the favorites to sign him if he leaves Barcelona.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail is reporting that United will turn to Thiago if they fail in their bid to sign Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. According to the report, Thiago's release clause dropped from £77 million to £15 million after he did not receive a certain amount of playing time.
As the Daily Mirror reports, the United and Spain Under-21 keeper signed a ball for Thiago saying "See you in Manchester." Meanwhile, El Mundo Deportivo (via Goal.com) quoted De Gea as saying, "hopefully I will have a Spanish team-mate at United next season. I, and every other Manchester United player, would like him to join the club."