Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are all locked in a four-team fight to sign Federico Fazio, reports suggest.
27-year-old Fazio - an Argentine international with two senior caps to his name - has been at
Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán for seven years now, since Sevilla brought him to Europe from Primera B Nacional club Club Ferro Carril Oeste.
He has made 21 appearances in La Liga under Unai Emery this season, chipping in with two goals in the process.
Manchester United's need to purchase at least one new central defender with the substantial transfer kitty they are expected to be operating with this summer is certainly not in doubt.
With the Red Devils having appeared rather shaky at the back on multiple occasions during what has been a very trying first season under the guidance of David Moyes, captain and club stalwart Nemanja Vidic is set to leave Old Trafford in order to join Inter Milan this summer.
Likewise, Tottenham could certainly use one or two defensive reinforcements during the next transfer window.
The club shipped an alarming number of goals against their rivals when Andre Villas-Boas was at the helm, and that is a trend that hasn't been adequately addressed under successor Tim Sherwood judging by last week's 4-0 defeat by Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield.
However, while Manchester United and Tottenham appear to be in need of a new defender or two, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger appears to possess a rather settled and accomplished centre-half partnership in Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
However, with doubts persisting over the future of Belgian Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal may need to invest in some capable back-up to that aforementioned pair in the near future and Fazio - rated at around the £5.5 million mark - could be an affordable and attainable option.