Manchester City to rival United for £25m former Arsenal star - three questions and reaction

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Manchester City have been linked with a summer swoop for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas - despite interest from Manchester United.

The title race is still alive, with the race now being back in Manchester City's hands - after all, if City win all their games when Manuel Pellegrini's side will reclaim the Premier League crown, barring Liverpool improving their goal difference to take the advantage.

Regardless of whether City win the title again or not, they are obviously expected to spend heavily again this summer. Millions of pounds are spent at the Etihad Stadium and it will surely be no different at the end of this term as they look to cement their position at the top of English football.

One of their latest targets is believed to be midfielder Cesc Fabregas, with the Barcelona man reportedly available for around £25m this summer. The former Arsenal star has struggled to make an impact at the Camp Nou since his 2011 switch, and could be willing to part with the 26-year-old.

Here are three questions surrounding their pursuit of the Spaniard...

Should City sign Fabregas instead of a defensive midfielder?

One of the recent problems for City has been the absence of a natural holding midfield player, with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure are more suited to playing box-to-box roles, and whilst their athleticism compensates for their occasional lack of defensive work, some had expected City to sign a defensive midfielder. Instead, Fabregas would be another attacking option - of which City already have plenty.

Can City beat United to Fabregas' signing?

Local rivals United have also been linked with a big summer move for Fabregas, and with a dire need in midfield and plenty of money to spend, the Red Devils could be considered favourites for his signature. But with an instant challenge in both the Premier League and Champions League expected for City, they can certainly offer Fabregas the chance to win titles upon his arrival.

Does this add to City's Barcelona-esque approach?

In recent times, City have made a number of moves suggesting that they are trying to emulate Barcelona. Not only did they sign Yaya Toure from the Catalan giants, but they also appointed Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano to the hierarchy at the club, as well as putting in plans to build a La Masia-style academy near the Etihad Stadium. Now with a manager who has spent most of his time in La Liga, the addition of Fabregas would follow the plan.

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