Manchester United boss David Moyes is aiming to beat Arsenal to the summer signing of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas by promising to build his team around the Spaniard, according to The Sun.
The Gunners, who sold Fabregas to the Nou Camp club in 2011, have first refusal on the 26-year-old playmaker, but the report claims Moyes hopes to price Arsenal out of the race with a stunning £40m bid.
Fabregas has struggled to cement his place in the Barcelona first-team since he arrived from the Emirates Stadium. But even following the announcement that Neymar will join this summer, Fabregas still insists he’s happy to fight for his place at the Nou Camp next season.
Regardless, Moyes hopes the carrot of regular first team football at Old Trafford will make the World Cup winning midfielder think twice. Moyes is keen to structure his team around the passing ability of Fabregas, and wants to make him his marquee signing of his first summer in charge.
Central midfield is a cause for concern for the former-Everton manager. With Paul Scholes retiring and Darren Fletcher still sidelined, much of the burden is carried by Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley.
Fabregas would go a long way to solving that problem, but any deal is complicated by Arsenal’s first refusal agreement with the Spanish giants.
Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move to bring his former captain back to the Premier League, but the Gunners boss cannot match the financial firepower of Manchester United.
The report claims Fabregas is planning talks over his future with Barca boss Tito Vilanova next week.