Manchester United's long-term pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has received a significant boost in recent days, if reports are to be believed.
Daniel Taylor, of the Guardian, has suggested the club are tempted to look again at the Spaniards position at Barcelona, despite the unsatisfactory way it turned out when they tried to sign him last summer. Barca had of course refused to sell Fabregas, despite the Premier League champions making three separate bids to sign the former Arsenal captain.
United are thought to value the Spain star at about £25 million and could now make a new bid at the end of the season, in the hope he can fill their current midfield void. Here’s three reasons why the club might just land their long term target.
He has become the Barca boo-boy
Fabregas has been targeted by fans throughout the season and more so in recent weeks following their team's Champions League exit followed and defeat to Real Madrid in the King's Cup.
He was jeered loudly during his team's 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on the weekend, and despite comments from both his manager Gerardo Martino and experienced teammate Andres Iniesta, it appears his time at the Nou Camp could be coming to an end.
He would regain his key-player status
With Xavi Hernandez and Iniesta firmly entrenched as the starting central midfielders, Fabregas has often been forced to play out of position, out on the wing or as a false nine. It does appear that the Spaniard is the natural heir to his compatriots in central midfield. However, by staying at Barca he may be waiting for an opportunity that could eventually pass him by.
A move to Manchester United would see him instated as the focal point of the team’s midfield. He would provide a significant upgrade on the club’s current options in his position – Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley.
Barcelona’s transfer ban has been lifted
Had Barcelona’s transfer ban remained in place, it would have made little sense for the club to sell. Gerardo Martino would have faced a tremendous task replacing the Spaniard without the option of bringing in a player from outside the club. Now with this luxury reinstated the club have means of replacing Cesc – opening the opportunity for United to swoop in.
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