Shock new Fabregas contender will send €43m star to Manchester United - report

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Cesc Fabregas may snub Chelsea and Arsenal for Bayern Munich, and Manchester United stand to benefit.

Cesc Fabregas appears set to leave Barcelona this summer, the only uncertainty being his destination.

It has been suspected he will be Premier League bound, but could there be a surprise contender?

In echoes of the Thiago Alcantara transfer saga of 12 months ago, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo is claiming Bayern Munich are likely to be surprise contenders.

The lure is obvious. Fabregas would be re-united with the man who brought him to Barcelona, Pep Guardiola.

He would also link up with fellow Spanish internationals Thiago and Javi Martinez, and be able to play in a style of football suited to him, far better than he could ever dream of under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

Bayern are however plush with attacking talent however, and such a deal would have repercussions.

The biggest would be related to Bastian Schweinsteiger, who the same report claims would be forced out by Fabregas' arrival, most likely to Manchester United.

The German international is said to available from Bayern, and it was he who was originally sceptical of Guardiola's tactical approach. His poor display in the 3-0 Bundesliga loss to Dortmund emphasised he may no longer fit the Spaniard's vision, and Cesc would be far better suited.

Schweinsteiger, 29, is rated at €43 million by transfermarkt, and if he can put aside his recent run-in with Wayne Rooney, would be a terrific addition to Manchester United's midfield under his old Bayern coach Louis van Gaal.

The Fabregas-Chelsea rumours have never really added up, but to Bayern, that appears such a logical fit it is a surprise it has not been touted before now.

This time however unlike Thiago, Manchester United may come out the other side as winners, and with Toni Kroos standing to fall down the pecking order too, chances of adding him next summer will only increase.

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