Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are set to get involved in a transfer war for signature of FC Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

The former Arsenal midfielder is a hot property in the market at the moment as FC Barcelona wants to make maximum profit from his sell and both, Manchester United and Chelsea are on high alert now.

Spanish daily Marca has confirmed the interest of both EPL clubs and reported that: “Cesc Fàbregas looks set to return to the Premier League. Manchester United and Chelsea intend to sign him for next season and the manoeuvring has already begun. United are willing to pay him wages of 6 million after tax per season and submit an offer to Barcelona in the region of 40 million to convince the ‘Azulgranas’ to sell their midfielder.”

Fabregas was never a guaranteed starter for FC Barcelona and unmerited jeering from the fans whole last year is said to have taken a serious toll over the player. Now, Fabregas is ready to leave Camp Nou and FC Barcelona management also want to cash in on him.

Marca reports that: “Darren Dein, the player’s agent, has been in touch with the top dogs from the Premier League – Cesc’s preferred destination – in recent weeks to sound out their interest. They have all pricked up their ears, because the player is considered quite a prize in England.”

Manchester United are the frontrunners for the signature of Fabgregas at the moment and ready to offer him over 6 million euros per year. New boss has a big task of rejuvenating this underachieving squad of United at his hands and rates Fabregas quite highly.

Midfield was the most brutally exposed area of Manchester United last season. The likes of Maroune Falliani and Michael Carrick failed miserably to dictate the terms of the games and being aware the their limited set of skills, Van Gaal has decided them both with world class midfielder. Along with Cesc Fabregas, Kevin Strootman of AS Roma is the preferred candidate of the Dutchman.

Marca also reports that Jose Mourinho of Chelsea is interested in Fabregas. Chelsea management is aware that the Spaniard is in the market and ready to move for the player. However, because of the FFP limitations, they will not be able to match the salary offered by their United counterparts.

Apparently, Chelsea have entered the race after the news broke out last week that Frank Lampard is on verge of completing a move for newly formed MLS side New York City FC.

However, considering the selection of Fabregas in the Spanish national squad for the World Cup, the final decision over the future of the club is expected to be made in the second of July only.