Barcelona have put Cesc Fabregas up for sale and want to recoup at least €40m for the midfielder who is on the radar of both Manchester United and his former employers Arsenal. The Catalan giants hope to replace the Spain international with Juventus and France star Paul Pogba.
After missing out on the La Liga title to Atletico Madrid on Saturday - which led to the departure of head coach Gerardo Martino, who is poised to be succeeded by former Celta Vigo boss Luis Enrique this week - Barcelona officials are planning wholesale changes at the Camp Nou, with all but five players available for transfer. It's believed only the futures of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Neymar and Lionel Messi are currently assured.
Fabregas, despite providing more assists than anyone else in the Barcelona team this season, has endured a difficult third campaign with the Blaugrana - and has even received jeers from the club's supporters on occasions in recent months. If Barcelona receive an offer that meets their valuation of Fabregas, he will be sold, according to Marca, in order to generate funds to sign former Manchester United midfielder Pogba.
The Red Devils attempted to sign Fabregas last summer - they had a total of three bids rejected - but after a disappointing campaign for the entire club, Barcelona are now prepared to listen to offers. Fabregas is reportedly happy to stay at the Camp Nou, but might be convinced to leave the club after holding face-to-face talks with Enrique once Barcelona unveil the ex-midfielder as their next permanent head coach.
Last month it was revealed that Fabregas told Robin van Persie, who could become Manchester United's next permeant captain under Louis van Gaal, that he was keen on a move to Old Trafford last summer. The fact Van Persie is poised to stay with the Red Devils could sway Fabregas to make the move to Manchester before the summer transfer window closes on September 2.