Man United to double Fabregas’ wages to tempt him from Barcelona

Man United could be preparing to double Cesc Fabregas’ wages in an effort to lure him away from Barcelona, reports The Mirror.

The former Arsenal star has been the subject of much interest from the Premier League champions, and it is understood the Gunners would also likely make an approach should the Catalans receive an acceptable offer from the Red Devils, owing to Arsenal’s first-option clause from when they sold Fabregas to the Spaniards in 2011.

The Old Trafford outfit are said to be preparing a new offer in excess of £30m with add-ons – a package likely to break their transfer record – and will be prepared to pay the 26-year-old around £200k per week – double what he is currently earning in Spain.

The Spanish international’s contract runs until 2016 and gives Arsenal the option to buy the star back for around £25m, meaning the Gunners are also likely to enter the picture should Barca find United’s offer acceptable.

A Spanish source said: “Manchester United are deadly serious about signing Fabregas and have made a second bid. It is hard to predict what will happen but one thing is for sure and that is that ­Fabregas could earn a lot more by joining United.

“That will not be his top priority, but United hope it will help them to clinch a deal.”

Fabregas has previously insisted his top priority was to stay with Barcelona, but also hinted that he would make decisions surrounding his future based on the club’s willingness to negotiate with interested parties.

Former boss Tito Vilanova stepped down earlier this week on health grounds, and club president Sandro Rosell has not moved to offer any assurances surrounding the player’s future, meaning that what looked a safe bet in Fabregas staying is now open to interpretation.

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