It was reported that Manchester United had a bid rejected for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas earlier this week - but here are four reasons why the Red Devils should not give up their pursuit of the Spain international.
1. Premier League experience
Time and time again we see players who were world class abroad, come to the Premier League and fail to adapt to the demanding nature. With Fabregas, however, this would not be a problem, owing to his eight-year stint at Arsenal.
It was during this time that he became captain at the tender age of 23, showing not only his ability to compete in this league, but to actually stand above the rest.
2. Michael Carrick
United's Players' Player of the Year was in outstanding form last season; however, if he had a world-class partner alongside him then it would relieve much of the pressure. Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Anderson and Paul Scholes all filled in alongside the former Tottenham man, but none were able to really nail down a starting spot.
If United were to sign Fabregas then this would not be a problem as Carrick would be able to share the load on both playmaking and defensive duties.
3. A statement of intent
After missing out on Thiago to Bayern Munich, the Red Devils really need to show that they can compete with the big teams in the transfer market.
The signing of Robin van Persie is a prime example of the effect this can have, as his 26-goal haul effectively won them the title. With Man City and Chelsea already splashing the big bucks in signing Fernandinho and Andre Schurrle, United would hope that Fabregas could have a similar effect.
4. Price tag
Having placed a £25m bid, David Moyes is clearly very interested in signing Fabregas. One sticking point could be over the price tag, as Barcelona would probably want to make back the £30m they shelled out for him in 2011.
However, this should not be a problem at all as anywhere up to £40m would be excellent value in my eyes. At 26, Fabregas is just reaching his peak and would have a solid six to seven years of the highest quality left in him.
To add to this, he is a more complete player than he was when he left Arsenal, due his longer runs in the Champions League and frequent appearances on the international stage.
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