Denis Irwin claims Manchester United will ‘move heaven and earth’ to bring Cesc Fabregas to the club this summer.
The former Red Devils full-back still works for the Old Trafford outfit in an ambassadorial role, and claims the Spanish international has ‘zoomed up’ the club’s list of transfer targets.
Irwin, who won 56-caps for the Republic of Ireland during his playing career, was one of the first pundits to reveal Manchester United’s interest in Robin Van Persie last summer, according to ESPN.
"Cesc Fabregas has zoomed up Manchester United's transfer target list to the top position and the champions are going to move heaven and earth to get him," he told the Sunday World newspaper.
"The Barcelona star wants out of the Nou Camp and United want him badly, so the deal should be done easily enough. Fabregas is just the sort of all-action midfield player United need if they are to make a run at next season's Champions League.
"Cesc won't be short of offers for I believe this is going to be a transfer season where eye-boggling amounts of money will be spent."
Irwin also predicted that new Manchester United manager David Moyes will be making moves for full-backs Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw, whilst suggesting that Patrice Evra and Luis Nani might be going in the opposite direction.
"Nani will go to Monaco and Patrice Evra may well return to the same club, from whom he joined United. I've also heard a word that the new manager might have Luke Shaw at the top of his list. The teenage Southampton full-back is the latest in a long line of prodigies from that club's excellent youth system," he concluded.
Arsenal are thought to have a first-option on Fabregas after they sold the player to the Nou Camp two summers ago, whilst Moyes has worked with Baines at Everton.
Shaw is a relatively new name on the Manchester United radar, having previously been linked with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.