The Manchester Evening News runs with an ‘exclusive’ this morning, claiming Manchester United will return with a third – club record – bid for Cesc Fabregas.
Having already had two offers rejected, David Moyes was said to be considering alternative targets. But the story claims United will go higher than the £30.8million offer that ultimately secured Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
Such perseverance continues to suggest Fabregas would be willing to move, and with Moyes seemingly un-swayed by the negative noises coming from Barcelona, he will hope he is not putting all his eggs in one unattainable basket.
While Fabregas’s teammates have so far rejected the possibility of him leaving the La Liga champions, Javier Mascherano believes nothing can be ruled out.
“It’s difficult when you have to talk about the personal situation of other players,” he said, “because sometimes you don’t know what they really think."
When asked if he could see Fabregas donning the red of United next season, the former Liverpool player said, “I don’t know. You can never say no but at the moment I think he is a really good player for us and the coach and the people that work here want to keep him.”
One midfielder United can call on next season is Shinji Kagawa, although that wouldn’t have been the case if Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp had his way.
Klopp has revealed he attempted to bring the Japanese play-maker back to Germany this summer, only for Kagawa to reject his offer.
“It was clear relatively quickly, Shinji wants to prevail this year at Manchester United,” his former boss said.
“I did not expect a different answer. You just have to ask even once.”
Given Klopp’s desire to bring the player back to the Champions League finalists, and following previous quotes about him being played out of position, two things are clear: Kagawa is good enough to play – and star – among Europe’s best, and United must realise that soon or risk losing him in the future.
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And finally, having scored twice in a pre-season friendly against Crewe last night, Nani appears to be planning an Old Trafford stay, despite speculation to the contrary.
“Of course there are changes but we hope the new manager comes with a lot of new ideas and will help us win again,” the winger said.
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