Manchester United are ready to move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Everton’s Marouane Fellaini to form a new midfield pairing.
According to the Guardian, Old Trafford manager David Moyes is convinced he needs to make two more central midfield signings and believes the former Arsenal captain would be able to link up well with the Belgian international.
Manchester United are willing to spend upwards of £50million to land both Fabregas and Fellaini, as Moyes believes they could help provide the goalscoring from midfield – an area he is keen to address.
Reports on Monday claimed Manchester United had made a £26million bid for Fabregas, but that the Camp Nou club were likely to reject such an offer.
Barcelona are reportedly reluctant to let the Spain international leave after being forced to sell Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich, who was also wanted by Manchester United.
A Barcelona source claimed “the player is not transferable”, says the report, and that Fabregas was surprised to hear about it, two years after leaving Arsenal to join his boyhood club.
However, he has not been an automatic starter under Tito Vilanova and there have been reports of him leaving for much of the summer.
Fellaini reportedly has a £23million release clause in his contract with the Goodison Park club, which can be activated by a Champions League club.
The report claims Moyes had looked at the possibility of purchasing Real Madrid’s Luka Modric to solve Manchester United’s midfield shortfall, but that this is no longer an option.