Manchester City are ready to further strengthen their midfield with a bid for Barcelona and Spain international Cesc Fabregas.
According to Mundo Deportivo, City are keen to bring former Arsenal captain Fabregas back to the Premier League, with the club's new chief executive Ferran Soriano set to play a key role in negotiations, having previously served as the Nou Camp club's vice-president.
Soriano is reported to be readying a bid for 25-year-old Fabregas, who signed for Barcelona from Arsenal in the summer of 2011 for a fee of £25million.
And Mundo Deportivo also suggest that, should the English champions miss out on their number one target, City may opt to bid for Fabregas' midfield team-mate Sergio Busquets, 24.
Despite Barcelona's unwillingness to part with either player, City are said to be ready to spend big, and having raided the Catalan side two years ago to bring in influential midfielder Yaya Toure the omens for a deal are good.
City boss Roberto Mancini has repeatedly stressed his desire to further add to his squad, and has already bolstered his midfield options this year with the £12million capture of Everton's Jack Rodwell.
However, the Etihad club were quick to distance themselves from both Barcelona players.
In a statement carried by Spanish television channel La Sexta, City stated: "There is no foundation to rumours that City are interested in Cesc and Busquets, nor that Barcelona have any desire to make these transfers.
"We have not made and do not plan to make offers either for Sergio Busquets or Cesc Fabregas."