Cesc Fabregas put up for sale by Barcelona

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Manchester United have been placed on red alert after Barcelona put a number of first-team stars - including Cesc Fabregas - on the transfer list.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, the Catalan giants have placed 13 of the club's players on the market this summer as they look to complete a thorough clear-out.

And Fabregas, who has been linked with a return to the Premier League with Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly keen, is the biggest name on the list.

Just nine Barcelona players are definitely not for sale - Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Neymar, Martin Montoya and Marc Bartra. Everybody else has a price.

United were involved in a very public pursuit of Fabregas last summer, only for the Spain international to snub their interest and commit to Barca.

But following a disappointing season at the Nou Camp, the club is set to undergo a fairly comprehensive transformation with boss Tata Martino also expected to leave.

Last week reports in England linked United with a £45m move for Fabregas, who would be expected to earn somewhere in the region of £200,000-a-week.

Much will ultimately depend upon who United select as their next permanent boss, with Ryan Giggs currently in temporary charge and Louis Van Gaal tipped for the long-term.

Barcelona are under no pressure to sell and the report notes that they will only consider attractive bids for the midfielder - it's by no means a fire sale at the Nou Camp.

But there is a feeling that the club needs an overhaul, and Fabregas has not earned a spot in the "indispensable" group which puts his future in doubt.

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Francesc Fabregas
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