Sky claim Moyes wants to bring Barcelona star to Old Trafford.
Sky sources: Manchester United to make £35m offer for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas #SSN
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 15, 2013
Manchester United are set to test Barcelona’s resolve to keep former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas with a £35m bid.
The Red Devils missed out on rumoured top target Thiago Alcantara who joined Bayern Munich from Barcelona on Sunday and new boss David Moyes appears keen to pull off one of the most controversial transfer deals of the summer by bringing former Arsenal captain Fabregas to Old Trafford.
If United do make an offer, it will be interesting to see whether Arsenal enter the bidding for the Spaniard.
The Gunners are well-stocked at centre-midfield, with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey already providing plenty of creativity but the north London outfit reportedly have first refusal on Fabregas and would only have to pay £25m for the player.
Fabregas made 32 La Liga appearances for Barca last season, scoring 11 goals and providing 11 assists.
Cesc Fábregas: 1 of 4 players in La Liga to reach double figures for both goals (11) & assists (11) in 2012/13 (+ Messi, Ronaldo & Benzema)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 15, 2013
But following the £50m arrival of Neymar from Santos, it has been suggested the Catalans could sell the 26-year-old to raise much needed funds.
The news was backed up by Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, who claimed the offer was €30m (closer to £25m).
Manchester United have just made a 30 million euros offer for Cesc Fabregas. More on @diarioas soon
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) July 15, 2013