Man United remain confident that they can land Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas, despite the Spaniard insisting he would only return to the Premier League with former club Arsenal, according to The
Fabregas’ ideal scenario would be to remain with Barcelona, but has also indicated that his stance could change should the Catalan club decide to accept an offer for him.
Arsenal have first refusal on buying the player back, meaning that if United were to move in with an official bid then the Gunners would have to be informed, and would likely act swiftly to bring their former hero back to the Emirates.
United insist, however, that Fabregas would be open to a move to Old Trafford, and have paved the way with an initial bid of £26m for the 26-year-old. They are aware they will have to move higher if they harbor serious hopes of landing their man, with this offer simply being to test the water.
New boss David Moyes has made strengthening his midfield a priority following the retirement of Paul Scholes, and has also eyed up the likes of Marouane Fellaini of Everton and Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye – but Fabregas is thought to represent his top choice.
Moyes did not identify specific players, but recently confirmed that midfield is the one area he believes he can really find talent to add to the Champions’ squad. He said: “When I got the job, I was made aware of what could possibly be done to improve things.
“Signing a midfield player was one area where we thought we could possibly add to the squad. It’s hard to get top quality players who can come in and affect your team. That’s why we’re trying to go for what we see as the right players and the best players.
“If you’re a player and you’re brought up to play football, and you look out of the window and see Old Trafford, if you’ve got any ambitions about being a footballer, and you’re a top end one, then I think you’ll want to play for Manchester United.”
The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has flown back early from the club’s pre-season tour in an effort to accelerate the deal, and it is understood United have been given sufficient encouragement to believe that a deal can still be done, with Moyes expecting a breakthrough within 48 hours.
He said: “I couldn’t tell you exactly, I’m in contact with the chief exec who has been dealing with it just now.
“I’ll hopefully know a little more in the next day or so. It’s the middle of the night back in England right now so I may have a bit more information in the next day or so about how it’s going. As far as players we’re looking to bring in, we are working hard to do that and make some additions to the squad.
“Hopefully there will be some good news in the not too distant future.”
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