Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is hopeful the club prove successful in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas who, says his compatriot, would be a 'great' addition for the Premier League champions.
Fabregas has been the subject of two failed bids from Manchester United, but the Red Devils are now reported to be planning a club record offer in the hope of finally landing their top transfer target.
The previous highest fee the club have paid in the transfer market was the £30.8 million to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham, and Manchester United will reportedly make a third approach worth £35 million for Fabregas.
David Moyes has identified his midfield as a key area for reinforcement this summer, and De Gea believes their is no better candidate than Fabregas to fill the void left by the retirement of Paul Scholes.
"He will have to make the decision as to whether he wants to stay (at Barcelona) or join us," the Spain international told Marca.
"It would be a very good signing and he would help us to improve greatly."
Prior to their pursuit of Fabregas, Manchester United had been linked with a bid for his then Barcelona teammate Thiago Alcantara, who eventually decided to sign for Bayern Munich.
The acquisition of Thiago would have been quite the coup for the 19-time champions, and De Gea says he attempted to persuade the Spain under-21 star to move to Old Trafford over the Allianz Arena.
"Yes, I tried to convince him but I wasn’t able to," De Gea added. "He would have been a great signing. He opted for Bayern, a very good club, and I am sure that he will do very well there."