Manchester United and Arsenal are leading a five-strong list of Premier League giants all interested in beating Real Madrid to the £30m signing of Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno this summer, according to the Daily Star.
Moreno has burst onto the scene with Sevilla over the last 12 months, emerging as one of Europe's best young left-backs thanks to a mix of pace and technical ability.
Real Madrid have previously lodged a formal transfer enquiry but Sevilla are desperate to keep the star man until at least the end of next season, or at least fetch the highest possible price thanks to a bidding war which includes looks set to include close to all of the Premier League's leading lights.
The 21-year-old was watched up close and personal by City sporting director Txiki Begiristain on Thursday night, during Sevilla's Europa League clash with Porto, and is ready to sanction a summer swoop to boost options at the Etihad.
City face perhaps the stiffest competition from fierce rivals Manchester United, if manager David Moyes decides to pick Moreno over Luke Shaw as the long-term successor to Patrice Evra at full-back.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea are also watching Moreno's situation closely, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers in particular desperate to strengthen a defence which has conceded more than any other in the Premier League's top five so far this season.
Madrid remain strong favourites to persuade the Spanish youngster that his long-term future lies in La Liga though, with Sevilla waiting for Europe's top clubs to show their hand as Moreno and Ivan Rakitic both wait to see if they have done enough to earn a lucrative summer swoop.