Manchester United ‘keeper David De Gea would be happy to see Cesc Fabregas join him at Old Trafford. And yet he was also keen on Thiago Alcantara arriving and look what happened there.
“He would be a great signing and would help us to improve,” De Gea said of the Barcelona midfielder.
And David Moyes certainly agrees, as he either waits for a response to a third bid, or prepares to make that offer, depending on who you believe.
BBC Sport ran with a story yesterday claiming Moyes was considering making a third – club record – bid. But the Daily Express has since claimed that offer has been made and the champions are awaiting a response.
Should they be unsuccessful, it is being reported they will turn their attention to Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, with an offer in the region of £26million.
That would be significantly less than they are offering for Fabregas, and yet the Italians appear to be as resolute as the Spaniards in their desire to keep their player.
As such, United could be looking down yet another blind alley in their pursuit of the seemingly impossible – a quality midfielder.
Although all may not be lost, if former Real Madrid president Roman Calderon is to be believed in his claims that Gareth Bale is being signed as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Calderon claims the Spanish giants are concerned about the potential loss of the Portuguese, and that Bale’s arrival would appease the fans should he leave.
Ronaldo has long been linked with a return to Old Trafford. Although as his dispute with Madrid appears to be over wages, it is unlikely United will be able to match his reported request of €20million net every season.