Real Madrid have reportedly made a move to sign Carlos Tevez, which could pave the way for Manchester City to make their move for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.
Tevez has been on Real Madrid's radar for some time, with Jose Mourinho believed to have been considering a bid for the Argentina international during the last transfer window at the start of 2012.
The former Manchester United forward has made his peace with Man City manager Roberto Mancini following his controversial strike last season, but it is thought he could be sold to help fund the Italian's summer transfer targets.
And according to The Sun, Los Blancos have made contact with officials at the Etihad Stadium to find out if Mancini plans on offloading Tevez this summer.
Edin Dzeko - a target for Bayern Munich - Emmanuel Adebayor, and Roque Santa Cruz have also been linked with moves away from the club as Mancini continues to be linked with top strikers such as Napoli's Edinson Cavani and Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao.
But according to Sunday's report, City are preparing to make a first bid of £20million for Van Persie, who is out of contract in twelve months time.
As well as the Premier League champions, rivals Manchester United have also been linked with the Netherlands international, as have Madrid, Spanish rivals Barcelona, and Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus.
Juve and Man City are seen as frontrunners to win the race to sign the 28-year-old should he quit Arsenal this summer, and City are believed to be prepared to offer him a four-year, £250,000-a-week deal should he snub Arsenal's new £130,000-a-week contract offer and move to the north west - despite the Gunners insisting they will not let any more of their players join Mancini's side.