Premier League return? Man Utd target £25m Fabregas again

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Almost a year after their attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas failed, Manchester United are reportedly back in for the Barcelona midfielder.

United have endured a terrible season under David Moyes, as the former Everton boss has been unable to recreate the magic seen under Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Red Devils now fighting for a place in the Europa League rather than competing for the Premier League title.

It can't all be pinned on Moyes though - the squad at Old Trafford is clearly devoid of quality, leaving Moyes with a total rebuild job ahead of him this summer, with many incomings and outgoing expected in a bid to get United back to the pinnacle of English football sooner rather than later.

One of the key positions that Moyes is expected to improve is central midfield, where United have been lacking for many years. The £27.5m signing of Marouane Fellaini has been a nightmare so far, whilst the likes of Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley haven't been able to provide the Red Devils quite enough this season.

A number of names have been linked with the club, with Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas now linked with the club again despite United failing in a bid for the former Arsenal star last summer. The Catalan giants could also be set for an overhaul this summer, and their plans may not include Fabregas, so here are three questions surrounding United's pursuit of Fabregas...

What does this mean for Fellaini?

Fellaini arrived on deadline day back in September from Everton, but has been disappointing to say the least. Moyes' pursuit of Fabregas - and other midfielders - should serve as a warning to Belgian international Fellaini, who could be relegated to a squad rotation role rather than a key component of the team.

Can United see off Arsenal to sign Fabregas?

When United tabled bids for Spanish international Fabregas, it was reported that Arsenal had first refusal on their former star midfielder. With no bid accepted, Wenger didn't get the chance to match the offer but with improvements desperately needed at the Emirates Stadium, he may well be interested this time - and would Fabregas turn down a move back to the club that gave him his chance in order to sign for United?

Can United still attract the top names in the world?

A year ago, United missed out on the signing of Thiago Alcantara, also from Barcelona, as he moved to Bayern Munich instead. The belief was that without Sir Alex Ferguson, United simply couldn't attract the big names anymore. The signing of Juan Mata helped to alleviate those fears, but landing Fabregas would confirm that even without Champions League football, United are still one of the biggest names in football and they will compete for any signing.

Here is how some Manchester United fans reacted to the news on Twitter today...

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