There is a sense within the media that next week will be the defining one in Manchester United’s long and so far fruitless pursuit of Cesc Fabregas.
One report today claims the Barcelona midfielder has agreed to the move following a secret meeting between his agent Darren Dein and United chief executive Ed Woodward.
The meeting is said to have taken place after Woodward’s early return from United’s pre-season tour. And yet it is claimed the resignation of Tito Vilanova has caused the delay in a deal David Moyes believed would be done by now.
However, conflicting reports claim the former Arsenal man will remain at the Nou Camp if he is assured of playing time by new boss Gerardo Martino. And while Moyes is considering a new – and final – bid of £36million, uncertainty remains as to whether he will ultimately get his man.
This transfer window has quickly become a tale of two signings for the champions – of one incoming and one outgoing.
And so from Fabregas to Wayne Rooney, who it is claimed United are ready to sell, but not to a domestic rival.
While Chelsea remain at the front of the queue for his signature, reports claim United have no intention of strengthening another Premier League club, and that they will only sanction a move if the England international agrees to dig out his passport.
Although a tempting offer may be just around the corner, with other stories claiming Jose Mourinho is willing to pay up to £30million for the England striker…and that he is prepared to wait until the very last moments of the transfer window to do so.
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