Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has three offers on the table to seal a sensational return to the Premier League in January, with Chelsea currently the highest bidders in a triple transfer tussle that also includes Manchester United and Manchester City.
Pique's position as a certain starter for Barca is no longer certain under new coach Luis Enrique, which has led to persistent speculation he'll look to follow former team-mate Cesc Fabregas to England if the right opportunity arises.
The 27-year-old has a wealth of experience at the very highest level and Spanish newspaper Sport believe that Chelsea have already tabled a €30 million offer as they look for John Terry's eventual long-term replacement, with bids from United and City not too far behind.
Slide in form has to be a concern
Enrique is likely to be receptive to serious interest in Pique because the Spanish international has been fairly underwhelming so far this season, with a slide in form highlighted by a lacklustre display in last weekend's 3-1 El Clasico defeat.
Barca's transfer ban could still thrown in a spanner in the works but if Pique's serious about moving on then January could see a blockbuster transfer go through, but the question remains where would the centre-back go if given the choice.
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United & City enter race for lower offers
Sport quote three separate sums that Chelsea, City and United are willing to pay for Pique, with the Red Devils quite surprisingly tabling the lowest opening offer.
United value a deal for the accomplished defender who at €25m, while City's bid of €28m is something of a halfway house between offers from Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
Both Van Gaal and Mourinho can both point to different factors and claim they're confident of persuading Pique to snub City though.
Will Van Gaal or Mourinho's intervention seal the deal?
Mourinho is the ultimate transfer pragmatist and managed to persuade Fabregas that he could shine in West London at the heart of a star-studded Chelsea squad, a seamless switch that's worked so well it's hard not to argue that Pique could make the same transition.
Van Gaal meanwhile has known Pique since he was a teenager progressing through the ranks of La Maisa, and is still clearly in need to a top-class centre-back to sort out an unreliable rearguard.
It's clear that Pique has options and looks to be in something of a fortunate position, so don't be surprised if another Barca star jumps ship to the Premier League by next summer at the latest.
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