Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted to taking a personal liking to Cesc Fabregas, according to the Daily Mirror.
When asked which player he most wanted to bring to City in pursuit of the title, Mancini reportedly responded with the Arsenal star’s name.
While speculation is rife that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has demanded £35 million for the star, Barcelona, where Fabregas has often expressed a desire to move to, are so far reluctant to fork out such a high fee for the Spaniard's services.
But Manchester City are set to have a sizeable transfer budget this season, after already spending at least £143 million on players over the past 12 months.
With so much money in the bank, Mancini will no doubt be able to afford to bring the Arsenal star up north, though the hurdle for the City manager appears to be convincing Fabregas to move to the Eastlands club over Barcelona, where he spent a portion of his youth career.
City are also targeting Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the hopes of creating an unstoppable strike force, as Mancini aims to overtake rivals Manchester United and win numerous trophies for the side.
"If Zlatan wants to come to City, I would immediately find a place for him,” Mancini said.