A last attempt is on the cards as David Moyes tries to bag himself one of the best midfielders in the world ahead of the new season.
Having seen £30 million not do the trick, there have been suggestions United could push closer to the £40 million mark but there are several reasons why paying as much as £50 million would ultimately be pointless.
It’s much easier for a club to hang onto a player if he doesn’t want to leave them in the first place and that seems to very much be the case with Fabregas and Barcelona.
The former Arsenal man has already talked to Arsene Wenger, suggesting he's not going anywhere and at some point in the next few years, it would be remarkable if Wenger suddenly decided Fabregas wasn't good enough for the Gunners.
“We have the clause in the contract so we would be on alert but at the moment that's not something we're after. At the moment, Fabregas has decided to stay one more year at Barcelona,” said Wenger.
He’s also indicated to teammates, according to Gerard Pique, that he’s happy in Spain, not looking to move away and is looking forward to starting the new season in Barca colours.
“United are wasting their time. It took a long time for Cesc to get his dream move back home and he won't give it up,” Pique is quoted as saying in the Sun.
United would be much better off going after another central midfielder who they could tempt away, where they could exploit an advantage and where they could offer the player something genuinely different to what he already has.
They can’t be blamed for going after Fabregas because he’s certainly a player who would improve the current side and any other side in the Premier League.
The history of football transfers has been littered with examples of clubs rejecting bids for weeks before finally doing a deal, so they haven’t shown naivety or anything like that going back to Barcelona with multiple bids.
It just seems as though Fabregas has already made his mind up and that puts Barcelona in a position where they are not under any pressure to do business.
The only thing that United are going to lose going back with one more offer is time, which could have been utilised in a different way to try and go after other deals the club is currently working on.
Fortunately for the side and David Moyes this isn’t a transfer which is going to break the club’s season once the new campaign gets under way, because United have a world class central midfielder in the form of Shinji Kagawa who can do all of the attacking jobs that Fabregas would have taken care of.
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