Jose Mourinho wants Real Madrid to go for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

Marca says Real will challenge Barcelona for Cesc should Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard reject a move to Madrid.

Barcelona and Arsenal have so far been unable to reach a compromise for Fabregas, and Madrid could move in quickly to offer the 23-year-old a return to his homeland.

Real president Florentino Perez has shown he's prepared to pay over the odds to get his man.