Manchester Unied have turned their attention back to Cesc Fabregas following Thiago Alcantara's move to Bayern Munich, reports the Metro.
Last season's Premier League champions were linked to Thiago throughout the summer, but missed out on his signature after Bayern announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement with Barca for the transfer of the U-21 European champion.
With one of their prime targets for next season snapped up from right under their noses, United have now turned their attention to Barcelona star Fabregas.
Despite the former Arsenal man saying he is quite content with life at Barcelona, he has continually been linked with a move this summer.
Fabregas has failed to cement a regular starting spot in Barcelona's line-up since making his move from Arsenal two years ago and with the arrival of Neymar, competition for places in the squad will further increase next season.
With Paul Scholes' retirement, Ryan Giggs' dual role as player/coach and Darren Fletcher's return uncertain, Fabregas is seen as the perfect player to partner Michael Carrick and help shoulder United's midfield responsibilities next season.
United's chief executive Ed Woodward recently claimed that money was not an issue and new manager David Moyes can go after any player if he wishes to.
"We haven't got money burning a hole in our pocket but we have got a strategy on player purchases and if David wants to go after a stellar player he can do that," Woodward said at the weekend.
However, Arsenal's interest in the player might scupper any United moves as the Gunners have first refusal on the player, having inserted the clause when he moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2011.
With Arsene Wenger given a huge transfer kitty this summer, the north London side have been linked with a host of marquee players, including their former captain and United striker Wayne Rooney.
Meanwhile, Robin van Persie and David De Gea have joined up with the Red Devils in Sydney for their pre-season tour.
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