The two Premier League heavyweights are reportedly interested in signing the Barcelona man Alex Song, Sky Sports reports.
Both clubs are particularly tempted by the Cameroonian’s status as a home-grown player, having come through the Arsenal ranks.
West Ham are also hopeful of tying up a deal for the man who enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Upton Park last season. However once the big boys get involved, you struggle to see them being able to compete.
Song has two years left on his Barcelona contract but the club would be willing to let him leave, having endured a torrid time at the Nou Camp. The Catalans have set a cheap £5m asking price for the midfielder. The kind of potential bargain that will make owners across the country leap for their phones in these times of inflated transfer fees and ridiculous evaluations of players.
Chelsea are in the market for a midfielder, if reports are to be believed. Whilst City are in desperate search of home-grown players – having already lost Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards and James Milner so far this summer.