United give up in attempts to sign midfield maestro

Cesc Fabregas Barcelona

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has revealed that the Premier League champions have ended their interest in Cesc Fabregas.

A summer of speculation over Cesc Fabregas’ future is set to come to an end, as the Spain international looks ready to commit his future to Barcelona and turn down the option to return to England. David Moyes had earmarked the former Arsenal man as his first major signing as United boss, however it appears that his efforts have come up short.

United are said to have had a number of transfer bids for the Spanish midfielder rejected, and Andoni Zubizarreta has stated that the Old Trafford outfit are now set to end their pursuit.

"Manchester United are interested in the player, but it's also true that they understand our position of not wanting to sell.

"They have renounced his signing. We aren't going to sell him.

“He has a contract with us.

"We count on Cesc. I said that on the day of the presentation of Tito (Vilanova) and also with Tata (new coach Gerardo Martino).

"He's an extraordinary player who creates and finishes chances. We are delighted with him. He's the number four of Barca."

The news does not come as any real surprise, with Barcelona in a position where they did not have to sell Fabregas, and it would make little sense if they did. After Thiago Alcantara’s release clause was met and he moved to Bayern Munich, the sale of another of the Blaugrana’s central midfielders became very unlikely, despite the money on offer from United.

With Fabregas in prime position to take over from Xavi as the man to orchestrate Barca’s tiki-taka game going forward, and first-team opportunities set to increase due to Alcantara’s departure, why would he want to move anyway?

In truth, United’s efforts at signing Fabregas have been a waste of time and effort. Fabregas certainly would have improved the club if he was bought, however this was never really a realistic proposition.

Rumours in the press indicate that United may well be ready to turn their attention to Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, as the search for a top-class central midfielder continues. If this is true, it could well be another blunder by David Moyes.

Despite Pep Guardiola taking over at the European champions, Schweinsteiger’s availability is highly questionable, and it is likely that United would face another fruitless campaign in trying to sign Bayern’s midfield stalwart.

United should look to more reachable and realistic targets, that are available for transfer and within reach. If they continue to pursue players that are unlikely to leave some of Europe’s biggest clubs, Moyes may well have to make do with what he has already come the start of the new season.

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