Manchester City and Manchester United are preparing bids for centre-half Gerard Piqué, a former United player, according to Spanish media outlets. The Manchester clubs join Chelsea in the race to secure the Spaniard's signature, with all three prepared to spend big for the services of Barcelona's defender.
Spanish newspaper Sport is reporting that several English clubs are monitoring developments at the Nou Camp, due to Barça's allowance of star players Cesc Fàbregas and Alexis Sánchez to depart over the summer. The report also claims that Gerard Piqué is under the greatest scrutiny, with the three aforementioned clubs ready to pounce upon signs of unrest.
Figures are also declared by the paper, with offers of €30m, €28m and €25m reportedly coming from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United respectively. Converted into pounds sterling, the offers come to £23.7million, £22million and £19.7million - all are considered viable sums for the potential transfer.
With José Mourinho's Blues willing to exceed rival offers, it appears as if Piqué is most likely to join them and serve during the transitional faze, as John Terry's cemented starting berth shifts to the younger generation.
Piqué could well be seeking a fresh start
However, a potential stunning return to Old Trafford remains feasible, Louis van Gaal is interested as Manchester United's defence has looked shambolic in recent times. Manchester City are interested in Piqué's services as a means of improving their side, with the Spaniard presumably slotting in alongside Vincent Kompany.
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Piqué has come under-fire in the past few days, as a result of a poor singular showing in last week's Clásico, but the Spanish international is an accomplished player and a return to form could be on the cards.
The potential transfer would benefit all parties, with those of the interested clubs discussed, Piqué could well be seeking a fresh start, and Barça would receive a generous sum of money. However, the final call on Piqué's availability belongs to Luís Enrique.