Manchester City are looking to steal Cesc Fabregas from returning to Arsenal by offering the £30million asking price to Barcelona, Mirror reports.
The Spanish giants are looking to sell Fabregas after only three seasons and have slapped a £30million fee on the midfielder’s head, which Man City have already agreed to pay up.
Fabregas appeals to the Citizens as the 27-year-old would boost their home-grown players quota, since he was developed playing for the Arsenal youth team.
For breaching the Financial Fair play regulations, City will require an unusually higher number of home-grown players in the UEFA Champions League, making Fabregas an ideal transfer.
He is also considered a good value purchase for a ‘world class’ player, as his current wages of £100,000-a-week is half that of potentially departing Yaya Toure.
The Etihad club are the leaders in the chase for Fabregas, with Liverpool and Manchester United also interested.
Yet it is Arsenal who may end up bringing back their former captain from a first refusal clause placed on his contract when he moved to Barcelona three years ago.
The player himself has also previously stated he would want to return to the Emirates and rekindle his close relationship with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.