Liverpool are considering a shock move in signing Manchester United and Arsenal midfield target Cesc Fabregas, reports the Daily Mail.
The 27-year-old left the Gunners and joined his boyhood club Barcelona in 2011. The Spain international's future at Camp Nou remains uncertain and he is reportedly set to return to the Premier League, with United and his former club Arsenal believed to be interested in his services.
The report claims the Reds have now joined the race in signing Fabregas and are weighing up a bid in bringing the £30m-rated midfielder to Anfield in the summer transfer window. The Spanish giants have informed their player that he is no longer needed at the Catalan club.
Fabregas is set to make a return to England, with top Premier League clubs keen on landing him. However, Brendan Rodgers' side are now leading the race in acquiring his services this summer.
The north London side have the choice of first refusal, if Barcelona are willing to offload the midfielder. Arsenal already have the services of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla in Fabregas' role and are unlikely to make an approach in re-signing the former Gunners skipper.
Barcelona appointed Luis Enrique as their new manager last month. The former Real Madrid midfielder admitted that no decision has been taken over allowing the players to leave the club this summer.
"In principle, we have not taken any decisions like that because we still have time. Some players are now focused on the World Cup finals, which is their job, and how it should be," Enrique said.
"We need to assess and evaluate now and when the time is right we will go into that and we will talk about everything."
The same report also claims that, apart from United and Arsenal, Liverpool could face competition from Chelsea and Manchester City, who are also in the frame in signing Fabregas.
Liverpool are confident that they can beat any competition in securing a deal for the Spaniard and with Champions League action next season, Rodgers could tempt Fabregas to join the Merseyside club in the coming transfer window.
The former Arsenal midfielder is with the Spain national squad after he made it to the 23-man short list for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.