Premier League Champions, Manchester United, have revealed an interest in Spain international and Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, by placing a £25m bid to secure his services from next season according to Skysports.
One of the obstacles Man United faces, among others, however, is that they have to wait and find out if Arsenal still require his services as the London club have first refusal rights on him.
United’s offer is believed to be below Barcelona’s valuation of the Spain international.
Following the retirement of Paul Scholes United are said to be in search of a creative midfielder to fill the vacuum he’s leaving.
Fabregas on the other hand has repeatedly confirmed he is happy at Barcelona. He went on to dismiss talk of his departure by reiterating his desire to stay at the Catalonian club.
He said this while speaking last month: “I’ve always said that I’m happy at Barca. Whoever says that I’m leaving doesn’t know me and has never spoken with me, nor with my agent, because he knows that I don’t want him to talk with other people about me. I’m very private and I don’t even talk about these things with my family.
“If someone says anything that isn’t that I want to play at Barca, it’s completely absurd.”
New United manager David Moyes is still waiting to make his first signing after missing out on Thiago Alcantara after the midfielder left Barcelona for a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
However, Moyes says he has money to spend this summer and that the Red Devils are looking to land ‘the best players’ around.
After seeing his first game at the United helm end in a 1-0 defeat to the Singha All Star XI on Saturday, Moyes said: “Isn’t it great that the club says, ‘There’s no budget here, you go get who you want to get, just go and do it’.
“We are looking at the best players. I do think it’s important that we show people we are carrying on the traditions and trying to take the club forward.
“I will not name anybody, but certainly we are always looking at the best players. I think we are trying to strengthen in a couple of areas. We are short in midfield.
“We are also a club which tends to invest in the youth side, so you can expect us to go for players in that age group.
“We are working hard to make sure the first signing is the right one. I have been left a really good team and I want to add to it sensibly.”