English newspapers claim Inter are ready to offer £50m for Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas, beating competition from Barcelona.
President Massimo Moratti has long been an admirer of the Spanish midfielder and could finally be prepared to make an audacious bid.
According to The People, Barcelona are going to make a formal offer of £30m over the next few days, following up two years of very public courting by the club he played for as a boy.
Inter aim to fly past them in the race with a starting bid of £50m, hoping to get the transfer under wraps before Barca have time to respond.
The Nerazzurri could raise those funds by selling Wesley Sneijder to the Premier League, as he too is the subject of a £30m bidding war between Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.