Manchester City are ready to outbid Manchester United and sign Cesc Fabregas this summer, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims the Citizens want to add the Spanish international midfielder to their ranks this season, and are ready to spend big to make the move happen.
Fabregas has been heavily linked with the Red Devils in the past, although David Moyes failed to bring the player to Old Trafford from Barcelona in the 2013 summer transfer window.
Reports last week claimed that Manchester United were ready to challenge for the 27-year-old once again, although it's not Moyes in charge this time around with Louis Van Gaal expected to take the reigns of the former Premier League champions.
The Daily Star claimed the club were plotting a £45million move for Fabregas, but it's not just the Red Devils now pursuing the former Arsenal skipper.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has overseen a turnaround at the Etihad Stadium this season, with the champions-elect poised to claim their second title in three years.
Despite concerns over Financial Fair Play, the Citizens appear keen to strengthen again at the end of the season, with Fabregas now emerging as a target for the big-spenders.
If he were to arrive at Manchester City, then it would be a huge blow for their rivals as they look to build a squad capable of returning to the top four as a minimum requirement moving forward.
Fabregas moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2011, but surprisingly only has one La Liga trophy to show for his efforts at the Nou Camp. He is also yet to win the Champions League with the Blaugrana.
He wouldn't be able to do it with Manchester United next season either, but the club will be hoping their history and plans moving forward can be enough to secure the signature.