Arsenal are reluctant to rule out the possibility of Cesc Fabregas returning to the club next summer, reports the Daily Mail.
The Spanish playmaker left the Gunners for boyhood club Barcelona in the summer of 2011 having captained them from the tender age of 21.
Fabregas endeared himself in to the hearts of most Arsenal fans and, in turn, the fans endeared themselves in to his.
Although forming a strong bond with Arsene Wenger and the fans, Fabregas felt compelled to return to the Nou Camp.
However, a second spell at Arsenal has always been mooted and in October, the 26-year-old hinted that he would one day return to the club either as a player after his retirement.
"Arsenal is in my heart and always will be. I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to go back and play there one day, or maybe after football," he told a national newspaper.
"Sol Campbell is there at the moment. Dennis Bergkamp also went there two or three times a week to train when he was doing his coaching badges.
"It’s a great club in that sense."
And according to the Mail's Simon Jones, the Gunners are refusing to rule out the possibility of Fabregas one day returning to the club and admits it could be as early as next summer.
If Fabregas was to return, he wouldn't be the first to do so.
Recent years have seen the likes of Thierry Henry, Sol Campbell and Jen Lehmann all return for second spells.
It goes without saying, however, that a return for Fabregas next summer would incite the most fanfare at the Emirates.
Fabregas was recently a target for Manchester United, but the midfield maestro swiftly ruled out the possibility of joining another Premier League club.
He has so far started 12 of Barcelona's 15 La Liga games, scoring five goals and assisting eight.