Fabregas may be reunited with Robin van Persie…
Barcelona midfielder Francesc Fabregas, 26, could be set to reunite with former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie should Manchester United succeed in having a second transfer bid, reported to be £30 million, accepted by the reigning La Liga champions.
Recently-installed United manager David Moyes broke the news during a media conference in Yokohama, indicating that whilst the capture of Cesc would be quite a coup in itself, the club may be readying deals for other high-profile players, too. Moyes, though, stressed the need for patience while Ed Woodward, United executive chairman, negotiated the purchase of the decorated playmaker.
'My understanding is that Ed's had a response and he's spoken with [Barcelona],' said Moyes earlier today, Monday, as quoted on the club's official website. 'I think we made a second offer but Ed is dealing with that rather than me, personally. When you're interested in good players you want to give it every opportunity to materialise and I'll do that. I hope things can continue and move forward.'
It is not the first time United have tested Barcelona's resolve as they saw a £25m bid rejected last Monday. The BBC now suggest that the Premier League winners have increased that figure to at least £30m, including various add-ons.
'Everybody had thought this could be the summer where transfers would happen later in the month [but] there is no update I can really give you,' said Moyes. 'You have to remember I only started the job on 1 July. So, in truth, I've only been in the job for three weeks at this present time.'
If Barcelona were to agree to the increased fee, Fabregas would become United's second largest signing, equalling the £30m it cost the Old Trafford side to recruit Leeds United's Rio Ferdinand. Dimitar Berbatov remains the club's most expensive signing (£30.75m), while Juan Sebastian Veron (£28.1m), Wayne Rooney (£27m) and van Persie (£24m) make the remaining top five.
United are also reportedly willing to sign Gareth Bale for £60m-£70m.
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