Manchester United will keep a close eye on Barcelona's opening fixtures in the hope that a place on the bench for Cesc Fabregas will convince the player to leave the club, reports the Independent.
Despite reports suggesting that David Moyes has given up hope of persuading Fabregas to leave the Catalan giants, there are growing rumours that he will submit one final bid.
If Fabregas starts the season out of the starting line-up, as expected, Moyes believes he can convince Fabregas to leave the Nou Camp with a £32m bid representing United's final offer.
The former Arsenal captain is expected to miss the season opener against Levante this Sunday after picking up an ankle injury in Barcelona's pre-season tour of Malaysia.
He should be fit for the Spanish Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid as well as the two La Liga games Barcelona will play before the transfer window shuts.
These are the three games Manchester United and Moyes will keep a close eye on as they hope insufficient playing time for Fabregas may convince him that Old Trafford is a better place to play.
United have had two bids rejected for Fabregas already and were thought to be preparing a third before the player confirmed he will not be leaving Barcelona.
He had said that he was happy with life at his 'dream club' and had no intention of returning to the Premier League.
Fabregas has struggled to fit in to the system at Barcelona since joining in 2011, finding his route to the first-team blocked by Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
The 26-year-old has found relative success as an understudy to Lionel Messi in the false No.9 role but Fabregas is eager to play in his preferred midfield role in the starting XI.