Manchester United are reportedly set to make a move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas as new boss David Moyes looks to make his mark at Old Trafford.

The midfield has been a problem area for United for the past couple of seasons, with only the standout performances of Michael Carrick glossing over the problem for the champions.

According to ESPN, United have opened initial discussions with the La Liga champions about Fabregas, who has struggled to cement a first-team place at his boyhood club.

However, signing him could prove difficult given his previous allegiance to Arsenal and the feeling in Barcelona is that he still has plenty to offer the club.

United can offer the Spain international first-team football week-in week-out and are not being put off despite the fact their rivals Arsenal have first refusal on the player if he were to leave the Camp Nou.

Manchester United officials believe an offer of £25m will be enough to prise him away from his current employers. 

Moyes is desperate to make a big statement in the transfer market, particularly with various players expected to leave the Premier League champions.

Making way for the new midfield arrivals could be the under-performing Brazilian Anderson, who despite arriving for big money five seasons ago has failed to live up to expectations.

Nani could also be moved on, with Arsenal rumoured to be tabling a £15m move for the out-of-sorts Portuguese winger.

It is thought that this money will be used to buy the Spanish star and strengthen the one area of the pitch that concerns Moyes.

The former Everton manager is still keen to bring Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini with him from the Toffees, which will only further increase United's midfield depth heading into the new season.

United were still able to finish 11 points clear of their rivals Manchester City and would be strong favourites to retain their title if Fabregas arrive at Old Trafford over the summer.


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