Barcelona has made Cesc Fàbregas its No. 1 priority for next summer and is prepared to offer $47 million to pry him back to Camp Nou, according to an outlandish report.
The Catalan outfit has been linked with its former youth-team product before, but his discontent with life at the Emirates could see him tempted to make a return home, the Daily Star believes.
Fàbregas has stated that he would stay with the Gunners while Arsène Wenger remains in charge and the latest news is linked to rumors that the manager could be prepared to walk away at the end of the season.
If the news is true then it would mark a major U-turn on the part of Barça sporting director Txiki Begiristain, who has always claimed that he would only consider signing the player if he asked to go back.
Barça was upset that Fàbregas chose to leave the club and has stated publicly that it would not be prepared to make the first move for a player that chose to play elsewhere.
But the Daily Star claims to have spoken to a Camp Nou insider and the news is that things have changed with Barcelona now prepared to bring back the playmaker.
"Piqué returned to Barcelona and now we want Fabregas back," the paper claims a club source said. "Barcelona knows that he loves the club and it will do whatever it can to use the emotional ties he has with Barça to get him to return. It will take a lot of money, but he will be the No. 1 priority."
Any grain of truth in the story could come from Joan Laporta's desire to leave his mark on the team and signing Fàbregas ahead of the president's final term in charge would do just that.