Manchester United have made midfield one of their key areas for recruitment in the summer and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is at the top of their list of targets.
According to the Guardian's chief football writer, Daniel Taylor, Old Trafford officials have made midfield and central defence the the priority areas for what is expected to be a massive rebuilding this summer. Some reports have claimed Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, have sanctioned a transfer kitty as large as £200million.
Taylor claimed that the one creative midfielder the Red Devils want is Fabregas, who is not currently having the happiest of times at Camp Nou.
"In midfield - don't roll your eyes - the player #MUFC want above all is Cesc Fabregas. Deja vu, yes. But their info, they think, is solid," said Taylor on his Twitter account.
Deja Vu because Manchester United attempted to purchase the former Arsenal captain before the season started, but two separate bids were rejected by Barcelona and the player insisted he was happy. This may have changed now, as Fabregas has been the brunt of fans' displeasure at the Catalan club in a dismal couple of weeks that saw their chances of winning a trophy go up in smoke.
A 1-0 defeat away at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final saw them crash out 2-1 on aggregate, which was followed by a shock 1-0 defeat to Granada in La Liga that put them four points behind Atletico and a horrible week was rounded off by going down to a sensational late goal from Gareth Bale in the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, there are a number of factors that you would expect to be obstacles in many move for Fabregas. Perhaps the most prominent of these would be the fact that Manchester United will not be playing in the Champions League next season and are highly unlikely to even be making the Europa League after a pathetic defence of the Premier League title.
It was because of this that David Moyes was sacked only ten months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and Ryan Giggs was made interim manager for the final few games of the season. The new manager is likely to have a say in who the club try to recruit come the summer and there is a chance, though unlikely such is Fabregas' quality, that he will not want the midfielder.
On top of that, United paid Chelsea £37million to sign another Spaniard in Juan Mata during the January transfer window. Creativity in midfield is an area many believe the club need to address and the purchase of Mata was supposed to address such issues.
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