Moyes has not given up the chase for the Spaniard just yet.
Despite several warnings from Barcelona that they will not sell, Manchester United are preparing to make a third bid for Cesc Fabregas and in the process break the club’s transfer record, reports the Manchester Evening News.
So far the Red Devils have had offers of £26m and £30m turned down by the Catalans for the 26-year-old and will therefore have to go higher than the record £30.8m United paid Tottenham Hotspur for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
It would be a bold move from new manager David Moyes to head into the market once more for Fabregas, as the longer the saga drags out the more it hinders the Scot’s reputation.
Moyes already has a tough task this season to try and emulate the success of predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson and as yet, the 50-year-old has failed to make any marquee signings.
South American youngster Guillermo Varela is the only new face at Old Trafford so far in the transfer window and the boss clearly wants Fabregas to boost fans morale for the upcoming campaign.
The Spain international is the ideal choice for United, as the Barca man spent nine years in England with Arsenal and would fit into the midfield role at the Premier League champions vacated by the retired Paul Scholes.
It’s thought that the Catalans tough stance over the sale of Fabregas is less about tactics – the midfielder has failed to cement a regular starting position at the La Liga holders – and more to appease the supporters, as the club have already sold one youth product this summer in Thiago Alcantara.