Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told Manchester United that he wants to join the Premier League champions.
According to the Daily Express, the ex-Arsenal captain's agent Darren Dein assured Edward Woodward that Fabregas is keen to make the move back to England, in a secret meeting with the United vice-chairman.
Woodward flew home from United's east Asia tour to take control of the Fabregas deal and latest reports suggest that his discussion with Dein could prove important in the club's high profile chase of the midfielder.
While the exact details of the meeting remain unclear, Dein reportedly made it clear that his client is seeking a return to English football and would prefer to return to the Premier League with the reigning champions rather than with his former club, Arsenal.
Manchester United are expected to offer a third bid of £36 million for the player in the coming days and, if rejected, the Barcelona midfielder is expected to submit a written transfer request if reports of a vague agreement between player and prospective new club are correct.
Up until now, Fabregas has made no comment on the widely publicised interest from the Manchester outfit, but if Barca remain unwilling to sell, the player's desire to leave the Nou Camp will probably be made public.
However, Barcelona vice-chairman, Josep Maria Bartomeu has unwaveringly assured fans that Barcelona and Fabregas are both committed to the player's future at the Nou Camp.
"Whatever offer United make, however big, we will say no. Cesc Fabregas will stay a Barcelona player.
"That United shows interest in Cesc Fabregas is normal. He is a truly great player. It doesn’t annoy us.
"It gives us pride to have such a good player in our team, that United want him because they are a great club.
"But whatever offer arrives from them we are not going to sell Cesc Fabregas. We are counting on him."
For Manchester United fans waiting on David Moyes's first big signing of the summer, the club's pursuit of Fabregas epitomises a certain frustration at Old Trafford.
Kevin Strootman and Thiago Alcantara were both reportedly keen to make the move and agreed terms with the Manchester club, but neither signing was ever made.
The lack of comments from Fabregas himself has led many supporters to believe that the Spaniard's future has always been at the Nou Camp and the continued speculation over his future is pure fabrication.
It remains to be seen whether reports are hopeful conjecture or the start of real negotiations between Barca and United.
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