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Arsenal to battle Manchester United for Fabregas

Arsenal would battle for Fabregas. (©GettyImages)
Arsenal would battle for Fabregas. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal are willing to fight rivals Manchester United for FC Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas after it was revealed that the Gunners would only have to pay £25million for the Spaniard, reports the Daily Mail.

In one of the most talked about transfer sagas of the summer, Fabregas' future is hitting the headlines every day as new stories break out about the 26-year-old.

United manager David Moyes has made it clear that a new midfielder is what he wants and after failing to sign Thiago Alcantara, who eventually joined German side Bayern Munich, he has made Fabregas his number-one transfer target of the summer.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement has already had two formal bids turned down by the Catalan club and their new manager has admitted that they will keep rejecting the offers no matter how high the fee is.

Gerardo Martino, who has recently been appointed as the new Barcelona manager, has admitted that the club do not want to sell Fabregas and will not accept a bid from United this summer.

This is where it gets a bit confusing.

If Barcelona do choose to sell their midfielder, it is in fact Arsene Wenger and Arsenal that will be able to make the first offer as the Gunners get first refusal of the Spaniard.

Wenger is keen on re-signing his former captain and could put in a bid of £25million for Fabregas. This could be enough to see the bid accepted, despite them rejecting bids of over £30million from United.

If Barcelona accepted a bid for Fabregas of around £40million, it then means Arsenal could make a bid of £20million and have it accepted because of the clause in his contract.

This means a move to Old Trafford seems very unlikely, unless United are prepared to spend big on the 26-year-old.


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Manchester United
Barcelona
Francesc Fabregas
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