Man Utd to make third bid for Fabregas

Manchester United are plotting a third offer for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, ESPN has reported, that would see new manager David Moyes break the club’s transfer record in his first summer in the job.

United have had two offers for the former Arsenal captain rejected – the first worth around £26m, the second an increase to £30m, but have not given up hope of bringing Fabregas to Old Trafford. It is understood United have received encouragement from the Fabregas camp that should the two clubs agree a fee, the player would be open to the move.

An approach in the region of £40m is now being prepared by United in a deal that would see the Premier League champions pay their La Liga counterparts £35m up front, with a further £5m in add-ons. The fee would represent a substantial profit for Barcelona on what they paid Arsenal to sign Fabregas in the summer of 2011.

It is claimed by ESPN that Moyes decided on a third bid for Fabregas after considering the other options available to United. Moyes had three other potential targets in mind, including Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Marouane Fellaini, from Moyes’ former club Everton, but felt that Fabregas was the more complete player.

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