Cesc Fabregas is set to hold showdown talks with Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova this week to discuss the midfielders future.

Manchester United lead the race to bring Fabregas back to England, however the former Arsenal man would prefer to stay at the Nou Camp.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also reportedly interested in the Spanish midfielder, however Barcelona are unlikely to force Fabregas's exit.

Arsenal are rumoured to have a buy-back clause, however the club remain unconvinced that they can bring about his return.

Fabregas has struggled to consistently find his best form at the Nou Camp since his arrival in 2011. This coupled with the imminent arrival of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos suggests playing time maybe even more limited come the 2013-14 season.

Manchester United

It's no great secret that Manchester United need a creative midfielder and Fabregas fits the bill perfectly.

Paul Scholes's second retirement and the inconsistency of Anderson means a central midfield partner for Michael Carrick will be high on David Moyes's transfer shopping list.

Fabregas has reportedly told close friends he wishes to stay at the Nou Camp, however if he was to join United then it would be an incredible coup.

Other Manchester United transfer news

Another Barcelona midfielder linked with a move to Old Trafford is the youngster Thiago Alcantara whose game time has been limited since his progression from the youth team.

The 22-year-old burst onto the scene in 2011, however hasn't fulfilled his potential as of yet and a move away from the club may be needed.