Manchester United are planning to make a fresh move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The Daily Star believe the Premier League champions are prepared to break their club record to land the Spanish international by offering the Catalan giants £45million to land the 27-year-old in the summer.
Manchester United could be forced into entering a bidding war with neighbours Manchester City and Fabregas’ former side Arsenal as both sides are said to be monitoring the deep-lying playmaker’s situation at Barcelona.
Fabregas has failed to hold down a regular spot in Barcelona’s first team since completing a move back to the Camp Nou in 2011.
The former Premier League star flirted with the idea of moving back to England in the summer, however Manchester United were unable to entice Fabregas to Old Trafford.
Soon-to-be appointed manager Louis van Gaal may find it easier than David Moyes to attract big names to Manchester United - having won trophies on the continent with the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Van Gaal will be in the market for a top-class midfielder in the summer when he does finally land the Manchester United job, as he has identified the midfield area as a major weakness in their squad.