Emirates hero set for tug-of-war between Nou Camp and Bernabeu clubs.
Real Madrid have tabled an audacious £45million offer to sign Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas from under the noses of rivals Barcelona.
The Bernabeu giants have been interested in taking the 24-year-old to the Spanish capital for some time and have now backed that up with a bid, according to Spanish media.
Barcelona made a £27million bid for the Spain international last week, which was rejected, and will have to significantly up their offer if they want their man.
The Spanish and European champions were widely expected to be the only club Fabregas would go to, but as Arsenal are aiming to get as close to £50million for their talisman, Real have moved into pole.
On Monday a senior club official had claimed Arsenal were preparing to part company with their captain once an improved offer from Barcelona was tabled.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is already planning for life without his skipper by lining up an £18million bid for Valencia’s Juan Mata.
But the Frenchman will have to wait until the winger comes back off holiday to seal any deal.
“I want to win a trophy with Valencia next season,” Mata said. “I’ve not planned anything different as I’ve a contract until 2015.”