Despite Barcelona’s reassertion that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale at any price, Manchester United will reportedly continue their pursuit of the midfielder into next week.
If a third bid does come – despite the Spanish side’s very public refusal to play ball – it will be clearer than ever that David Moyes has been given the nod from somewhere to persevere. Unless of course it is all one big PR stunt to demonstrate the champions' ambition, and when September 2 arrives the only midfielder United will be unveiling is Marouane Fellaini.
“It’s up to Wayne,” Scholes said, “but he’s a top, top player and every player and fan wants him to stay.”
Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. But the final decision will rest with Moyes…and will depend very much on who he manages to sign this summer.
One man they are unlikely to bring in is PSG’s Marco Verratti.
The Italian has been linked with a move away from the French champions, with Old Trafford a possible destination. But PSG’s director general Jean Claude Blanc has dismissed those reports.
Stating that the player is under contract for another four years, Blanc reasserted there was absolutely no intention of selling the 20-year-old.
And finally, having saved United’s blushes with a late equaliser in yesterday’s pre-season friendly against Cerezo Osaka, Wilfried Zaha has revealed he has no intention of going on loan next season.
“My own target for my first season in Manchester is to be able to get minutes,” Zaha said.
“I am prepared to take that gamble. There are bigger players than me here, so getting minutes will just do me fine.”
With that kind of attitude, those minutes may soon add up.
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