Barcelona boss Martino offers Man United hope of landing Fabregas

New Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has given Man United fresh hope of landing Cesc Fabregas, reports BBC Sport.

The Spaniard is a target for the Red Devils, but Barca have already rejected two approaches for the former Arsenal captain, thought to be in the region of £25m and £30m.

With recent news that the Premier League champions could be preparing a third approach, Martino put the ball firmly in Fabregas’ court over the move.

He said: “I would prefer him to stay with us and I dare say he will, but it’s his decision.

“Cesc will decide the situation, but it has not occurred to me that I won’t be able to count on him.

“He is one of the best players in the squad. I think he will stay. But there’s a part that he has to decide.”

Fabregas is thought to be somewhat disillusioned with life at the Nou Camp, despite having started more games than any other outfield player for the club last season. The reason for the unrest is thought to rest on the number of times he was substituted off the field last term.

He was also seldom played in his preferred role, and being played out of position does not seem to have helped matters.

Despite his hopes of keeping the 26-year-old, Martino reiterated that the decision is now firmly out of his hands and that the power rests with the player, reiterating: “If it was my decision, there wouldn’t be any chance of Cesc leaving.”

Fabregas said earlier in the summer that he would hope to stay at Barcelona but should they find an offer acceptable for his services then he would give a potential transfer some consideration. That stance appears to have moved on now, and while he is not thought to be angling for a move away from the club his disenchantment certainly appears to be giving United hope that they can get their man sooner or later.

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