Manchester United battle rivals City for £30m Fabregas

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Manchester City are preparing to enter the race and battle rivals Manchester United for the signature of Cesc Fabregas this summer according to the Daily Mail.

The former Arsenal man is yet to truly excel with Barcelona, having left the Premier League to re-join his boyhood club in 2011.

Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for the 26-year-old in recent weeks, but now the Mail report that Manchester City are willing to throw their hat in the ring to secure his services.

The Citizens were reportedly interested in landing a host of Barcelona players last summer including Fabregas, while the arrival of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain at the Etihad Stadium has added fuel to the fire.

According to the Daily Mail, new Manchester United boss David Moyes is considering a bid for the £25 million-rated midfielder, and although Arsenal have first refusal on Fabregas the Scot remains hopeful of luring him to Old Trafford.

The paper report that Moyes tried to take Fabregas on loan at Everton during his younger days at Arsenal, and will now try to sign him for the Red Devils.

Manchester City are on the verge of securing the services of Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini who will likely have his own transfer plans for the summer, however the Citizens are monitoring Fabregas' situation with a view of making a move when the transfer window opens.

Adding weight to the claims that the former Arsenal captain is disenchanted with life in Spain having failed to hold down a regular starting spot is a report in the Telegraph which claims the midfielder is open to a return to England this summer.

Should Manchester United, Manchester City or even Arsenal want to sign Fabregas this summer, they will have to activate the £30 million release-clause written into his contract.

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