Manchester City have emerged as Arsenal’s biggest rival for Cesc Fabregas.

Barcelona are prepared to sell their Spain ­international for £30million and he is set to return to the Premier League.

The midfielder appeals to City as he would boost their quota of home-grown players, qualifying for that category as he was developed at Arsenal.

He is good value for a world-class player, his £100,000-a-week wages at the Nou Camp less than half what City pay Yaya Toure.

City are understood to be at the front of the queue of ­interested clubs, which could also include Liverpool. But Manchester United have gone cold on him now Louis van Gaal is in charge.

The Gunners still have a trump card from a sell-on clause when their former captain moved to Barca three years ago.

They have first refusal on buying Fabregas, get a huge chunk of any profit Barca make if he goes elsewhere and are a big emotional pull for the player.