Barca happy with United; could refuse Cesc transfer to Chelsea - why?

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New report indicates that Barcelona are not too eager to do business with Chelsea over former Arsenal star but are happy to engage Manchester United.

Recent reports regarding the future of coveted midfielder Cesc Fabregas had indicated that the player had already passed a medical evaluation with one Premier League suitor; Chelsea.

Deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona as he, in the words of La Liga expert Guillem Balague, struggled to adapt to the more disciplined Camp Nou approach, the former Gunner is seemingly available for transfer in the summer market. 

There has been a suggestion that Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is willing to sell Bastian Schweinsteiger as he does not feel the German releases the ball quickly enough to fit into his footballing philosophy (talkSPORT app), with Fabregas representing the ideal replacement.

However, the Bundesliga kings are not mentioned in a MARCA report, published this morning, Wednesday, that indicates Premier League clubs have offered various financial packages Cesc's way, with the most lucrative being offered by Manchester United and Chelsea (both £7.5m per annum). 

One club Barcelona may be loathe to do business with, though, is the Blues

If the Catalans were to choose who to sell Fabregas to, their preferred choice would be Manchester United - and the reason could be rather similar as to why Jose Mourinho was not too bothered about sending Juan Mata to Old Trafford.

"[Barcelona are] reluctant to help strengthen a direct rival in their bid to win next year's Champions League," wrote MARCA, implying the Blues may have to work hard in order to snare the Spaniard, particularly as United are offering Barca a far higher figure (£35 million) than Chelsea have (£32.5m), thus far and are not even in Europe next term.

MARCA note that Fabregas would prefer Chelsea, despite past fallings-out with former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, as he believes Stamford Bridge represents the greater "personal and professional" opportunity.

Ultimately, what may sway Barcelona more than anything, is money, so that they can supplement the funding of their own transfers - and their number one target is the expensive playmaker at Atletico Madrid; Koke Resurreccion.

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