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De Gea admits trying to convince Fabregas on United move

United goalkeeper admits he has urged Spanish team-mate to make the move to Manchester

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has admitted he is unlikely to convince Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to join the club this summer.

De Gea tried to urge another Spanish team-mate in Thiago Alcantara to Old Trafford last year after writing ‘See you in Manchester’ on his match ball following an international match.

United attempted to bring in both Fabregas and Thiago last summer as David Moyes’ first signings, but failed to lure both men away from the Nou Camp.

Speculation has once again been high that United could swoop Fabregas this transfer window, as new coach Louis Van Gaal looks to recruit players that will put United back among the top teams next season. However it is now clear that Van Gaal is not keen on the former Arsenal captain.

That has not stopped De Gea trying however. He has admitted he has tried to convince Fabregas to move to Old Trafford, but believes it will be harder than expected.

"I have tried to convince Fabregas to come to Old Trafford," he said to a Spanish radio station.

"We would have another Spaniard. But it is difficult. He is a top level player, many teams want him. He said he liked it at Barcelona, it was his home, and the truth is it would be difficult for us to get him."

Fabregas has spent the last three seasons at Barcelona after he moved from Arsenal in 2011. The Spanish international has scored 42 goals and assisted 48 since his arrival, and has become hot property for watching clubs.

He is however still rumoured to be considering a transfer this summer, with Arsenal also said to be keen on bringing him back to North London and the Premier League.

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