Manchester United and Chelsea are in the race for Thiago Maia. According to Jorge Nicola, from ESPN Brazil, both the clubs have consulted Santos to know the possibilities of a deal.
Thiago has been heavily linked to Fiorentina and Bayer Leverkusen this week, and the German club have sent scouts to watch the player recently.
The midfielder was running out of contract with Santos last year, but decided to sign an extension, despite being close to joining Atletico Madrid in a €20m deal. According to Nicola, after three years at Atletico, Real Madrid would have a buying option on the player, which doesn't make a great deal of sense.
Juventus and Monaco are also reportedly interested in signing the 18-year-old.
Thiago Maia is a very intelligent central midfielder, and his best skills are passing and dribbling. He is a decent box-to-box midfielder for Brazilian standards and has a good attacking approach.