Will the Spaniard be returning to the Premier League?
After missing out Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich, suddenly the rumour that Manchester United will bid for another Barcelona star in Cesc Fabregas seems to have legs.
Even BBC Sport – not usually ones for jumping on a bandwagon – have produced a story stating that the Red Devils have made a £25m bid for the 26-year-old, although former club Arsenal have first refusal at this price.
As part of the £25.4m transfer that took Fabregas back to the Nou Camp in 2011 after eight years with the Gunners, a clause was written into the midfielder’s contract giving the north London side the first option on re-signing the Spain international.
However, according to the Daily Star Arsene Wenger has no intention of bringing the player back to the Emirates, with the Frenchman wanting to concentrate on improving other areas of the squad.
This would leave the door open for new United boss David Moyes to swoop in for Fabregas, who has become disillusioned in Catalonia, particularly due to the high wages that have been handed out to new signing Neymar.
Yet whilst the Spaniard is Moyes’ No.1 target, the 50-year-old is still prepared to revert back to a move for Marouane Fellaini at former club Everton if no transfer materialises, reports the Mirror.
The Scot realises that the Premier League champions’ initial offer probably won’t tempt Barca into selling, but is prepared to sanction in excess of £30m.
If this still proves to be in vain then Moyes will fall back on activating the £24m release fee for Fellaini – a midfielder the ex-Toffees manager worked with for five years at Goodison Park.
Although the Guardian reports that the Red Devils boss in fact wants to sign both midfielders, in a new look setup in the middle of the park at Old Trafford.
This double-deal would almost certainly cost in excess of £50m and although Fabregas and Fellaini are the desired pairing, Moyes isn’t avert to the possibility of a move for Real Madrid and former Tottenham star Luka Modric.