Manchester United transfer news: £25m Fabregas alternative and Bale bid pondered?

Luka Modric

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Manchester United, including Cesc Fabregas, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

Reports claim Manchester United manager David Moyes will have urgent talks with chief executive Ed Woodward following the club’s return from their pre-season tour.

Number one on the agenda is said to be the club’s ongoing but seemingly fruitless pursuit of Cesc Fabregas, with questions over whether United will submit a third offer – likely to be in the region of £35million.

Stories from Spain yesterday claimed the player’s agent had reassured Barcelona that the 26-year-old was going nowhere. And now reports from England attribute an unnamed Catalan source with the following quote:

Cesc is very flattered by United’s interest and recognises what a great opportunity they offer. But it’s only two years since he left Arsenal and he doesn’t want to turn his back on Barcelona so soon.”

A fair point – whoever said it – but United’s public perseverance suggests they were encouraged in their move to bring the former Arsenal man back to England. That they may now be left embarrassed speaks of a side of the transfer window rarely reported on – the mysterious machinations behind the headlines.

If United do miss out on Fabregas, they will reportedly turn their attention to former target Luka Modric. The Real Madrid midfielder will see his place in the side challenged by a number of younger summer signings and Moyes is said to be pondering a £25million bid.

While no longer their first choice, it is widely felt that he once was. And he could certainly do an effective job at Old Trafford should a move be sanctioned.

From possible Bernabeu departures to potential arrivals, with claims Gareth Bale wishes to talk to Madrid about a potential world record transfer.

But in light of the latest reports, Manchester United are said to maintain an interest, and are keen to make an offer if Spurs indicate they are willing to sell the Welshman this summer.

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