According to Goal.com, Cesc Fabregas will meet with new Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino in the next 48 hours as he seeks assurances over his future at Camp Nou.
The Manchester United target wants to clarify his position with Martino ahead of publicly announcing his intentions this summer, with Barcelona having already rejected two bids for the 26-year-old.
In his introductory press conference on Friday Martino insisted that Barca would reject any further bids from United. Barcelona vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu has also previously ruled out and chance of the club selling the Spain international, insisting:
“Whatever offer United make, however big, we will say no. Cesc Fabregas will stay a Barcelona player.”
However, Fabregas is keen to meet with his new manager to ensure he remains a key member of the Barcelona team as we head into a World Cup year.
Fabregas has been Manchester Unuted’s main transfer target this season, but David Moyes admitted on Sunday that he was unsure whether his side will continue their efforts to sign Fabregas but insisted he will add to his squad before the close of the transfer window.
“I couldn’t tell you if there will be another bid,” Moyes said.
“Obviously we’ll take stock and make a decision on what we do next but we have a good squad already. You can’t forget about the quality that’s already here.
“Undoubtedly we hope to add to it and I’m quite confident we’ll do that … certainly before the window shuts.”
For this deal to go through, United need Fabregas to tell Barca that he wants to leave. Will playing back-up to Xavi and Iniesta for one more season be enough to keep him at the Camp Nou? We will find out in the next 72 hours.