Cesc Fabregas has told friends in English football that he wants to leave Barcelona and join Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.

The former Arsenal captain has been heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils, who have seen two bids rejected by Barca.

During Manchester United's pre-season tour of Asia, Moyes revealed that the talks to bring the player to Old Trafford are still 'on going' and it is understood that another bid is imminent.

The perception has widely been that Barcelona would provide the real hurdle rather than Fabregas, since the club may be unwilling to sell.

However, if the player is unhappy at Camp Nou it could alter the club's firm stance, providing Fabregas forces the issue.

But the fact that Fabregas has told friends in England that he wants out of Barca could be the positive news that United have been looking for.

It is believed that the Spanish midfielder is attracted by the promise of regular first-team football at United and he is also keen to pair up with one of his former Arsenal team-mates, Robin van Persie.

The 26-year-old, who won only one FA Cup and a Community Shield during his years with Arsenal, believes he can win an English title with current Premier League champions United.

Earlier this week Sky Sports also reported that he was contemplating a move after Manchester United made a bid - where a source close to Fabregas told that the player is considering his position having been given 'no' assurances that he will be a regular starter next season.

Even though there is still a while to go on this deal, this news will give a huge boost for United, who now have a realistic chance of getting the player. A third bid could be in the making which may be the last - but could turn out to be just enough to get the Catalans to agree to sell.


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