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Gareth Bale & Cesc Fabregas wanted in Manchester United spree

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Bale wanted by Moyes. (©GettyImages)
Bale wanted by Moyes. (©GettyImages).

David Moyes is preparing to make a statement of intent with a £100 million spending spree during his first summer as Manchester United manager.

The Red Devils could break their transfer record of £30.75 million twice in the next month to sign Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas before the start of the season, while Moyes insists any "ambitious, top end player" would want to join the Old Trafford club.

The ex-Everton coach, who succeeds Sir Alex Ferguson at United having spent roughly £800,000 per season on net transfers over the past five years, has spoken of the need to compete with big-spending clubs such as PSG and Manchester City.

"I think PSG and Monaco have changed the way it's looked at," said the Scotsman, whose team are currently midway through a preseason tour of the Far East and Australia, "but if you've really got any ambitions ... you'll want to play for Manchester United."

According to The Times, Moyes is eager to make at least one high profile signing before United begin the defence of their Premier League crown, away to Swansea City on August 17, and to compensate for the uncertainty surrounding Wayne Rooney.

But club officials are still facing complications in the pursuit of both major targets, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy determined to keep his star player, Bale, and Fabregas, a former Arsenal captain, unsure of whether to leave Barcelona for his previous rivals.

United's chief executive Ed Woodward is understood to have returned early from the Southern Hemisphere to carry out urgent transfer business, as speculation mounts that Chelsea target, Rooney, and Cristiano Ronaldo are also on the move.

Meanwhile, Everton players Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines are thought to be the other main options being considered by Moyes, who believes recruiting a midfielder should be the priority for his backroom staff ahead of the upcoming campaign.

"When I got the job, I was made aware of what could possibly be done to improve things, and signing a midfield player was one that we thought could possibly add to the squad. At the moment that's our priority," said the former Preston North End centre-back.

However, it seems the transfer of Fabregas has become the club's starting point, after United were promised an outcome by the end of the week, and could have a direct impact on the futures of several players, including £20 million man Wayne Rooney.

 

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Premier League
Manchester United
Wayne Rooney
Francesc Fabregas
Football
Gareth Bale
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