Manchester United are expected to make a third
The Premier League champions have already had bids of £26m and £30m rejected by Barcelona, and the Daily Mail believes they will raise the stakes one last time in the hope that they can secure the services of what appears to be their number one transfer target. The 26-year-old playmaker would be an ideal acquisition in the centre of United’s midfield, operating in a similar role to that he played in North London before being generally moved further forward at the Nou Camp.
The major stumbling block appears to be Barcelona’s unwillingness to sell, with new coach Gerardo Martino declaring that all bids will be rejected, according to the Independent. The Argentine said: “I’m not going to involve myself in the club’s accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third. In other words, Fabregas will remain here.”
This affirmation was backed up by a figure who is involved in the club’s accounts, Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who stated: “It doesn’t matter what any offer from Manchester United is – we’re not selling him. We’re counting on him. He’s not for sale.”
However the Daily Express has reported that Fabregas’ commitment to the Nou Camp earlier in the summer may have changed, suggesting that the player’s agent Darren Dein has met with United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward. The result of these talks is speculated to be that the former Gunner would like to return to the Premier League, and move to Manchester rather than back to the Emirates.
Worryingly for United supporters, boss Moyes has claimed his current crop of players is good enough to be a major force without any new signings, as reported by the Daily Mail. “The squad Manchester United has, without any additions, will be tough opponents for any team this year,” the Scot said. “That is the squad that finished 11 points clear in the Premier League. I am confident in that squad.”
This view was backed up by veteran defender Rio Ferdinand, who stated: “We’re confident. If we had to go into the season with the players that we’ve got now I’d be more than confident and with high hopes of doing well and winning trophies.”
This is not the kind of sentiment the Old Trafford faithful would like to hear, given the concerns regarding the centre of midfield and the club’s inability to land the talented Thiago Alcantara earlier this month. As such, the Reds will continue to be linked with Moyes’ former Everton charges Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
While both these players are held in high regard within the Premier League, neither represent the high profile signing that supporters crave in order to boost their prominence on the European stage, which is something Moyes must address before the transfer window shuts.
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