Manchester United are tracking Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Mirror believes the Premier league champions will move for the 29-year-old German international if they fail to land Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.
If United are serious about the German, they may have to contend with interest from rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, according to the Mirror. The report values Schweinsteiger at £25m.
David Moyes, who has confirmed he wants to strengthen central midfield options this summer, has been rebuffed on at least two occasions, with new Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino believed to want the former Arsenal captain to stay at the Nou Camp.
The BBC believes Old Trafford chiefs are preparing a third club record bid for the Spaniard.
Over in Munich, the Mirror's report claims new manager Pep Guardiola does not see Schweinsteiger as a first team option. The Bavarians have recruited two new midfield options this summer - German international Mario Götze moved from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund for a national record fee and Guardiola moved for his former Barcelona charge Thiago Alcantara as well.
This means Schweinsteiger could find himself on the fringes of the squad at the Allianz Arena and that could persuade him to move to Manchester, particularly since the 2014 FIFA World Cup is around the corner and the German national side appears to have a surfeit of world-class midfielders to choose from in Brazil.
It is believed Guardiola will deploy Spaniards Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara in central midfield, as he looks to re-create the success he enjoyed with Barcelona. If true though, he risks angering the club's fans, for whom Schweinsteiger is an iconic figure.
Meanwhile, United have also been linked by the Mirror to Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye and by Goal.com to Everton's Marouane Fellaini. Serie A champions Juventus' Italian midfielder, Claudio Marchisio, could also be an option, according to the Express, although an unlikely one, given the 27-year-old international's recent commitment to the Bianconieri.