The move by United is interesting as just yesterday, Barcelona vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu was quoted by Spanish daily Sport as saying:
“Barcelona can assure you we will not entertain any offers for Cesc. It is totally ruled out, he’s not for sale.”
But obviously either Fabregas and/or Barcelona are saying something different behind the scenes for United to return with a second bid.
United boss David Moyes knew when he took the job that midfield was an area that needed ungrading:
“When I got the job, I was made aware of what could possibly be done to improve things.
“Signing a midfield player was one area where we thought we could possibly add to the squad.
“It’s hard to get top quality players who can come in and affect your team. That’s why we’re trying to go for what we see as the right players and the best players.
“If you’re a player and you’re brought up to play football, and you look out of the window and see Old Trafford, if you’ve got any ambitions about being a footballer, and you’re a top end one, then I think you’ll want to play for Manchester United.”
The elephant in the room is Arsenal. When Arsenal sold Fabregas to Barcelona two years ago, they got Barca to agree to notify the Gunners if they accept a bid from another club for the midfielder and Arsenal also have a buy-back option on Fabregas. The question then is IF Barcelona accept a bid for Fabregas, will he choose Arsenal or Manchester United?