Real Madrid are trying to scupper Barcelona's move for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, news daily Marca claims.
The Merengues' number-one transfer target to reinforce the centre of their midfield is believed to be Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, but Madrid are looking at alternatives in case they fail to land the England international.
Fabregas has been strongly tipped to leave Arsenal after seven years with the Gunners, with Barcelona having already engaged in talks with the North London club.
However, Barcelona and Arsenal have so far been unable to reach a compromise for Fabregas, and Madrid could move in quickly to offer the 23-year-old a return to his homeland.
Marca indicates that Madrid will only table a bid for Fabregas if Gerrard stays at Anfield, as new boss Jose Mourinho is understood to prefer the Liverpool captain.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed on Friday that his initial offer of £29 million for Fabregas had been rejected by the Arsenal hierarchy.
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