Manchester United are willing to pay €55million in order to wrap up a deal for Francesc Fabregas sooner rather than later, as they have no intention of repeating their failures of last summer.
The Red Devils, under then-boss David Moyes, laboured through an arduous transfer window in 2013, before ultimately being rejected by Fabregas as he chose to pledge his future to Barcelona. However now, in light of recent reports that the Spaniard is up for grabs at the Nou Camp, new manager Louis van Gaal is willing to splash a fair chunk of his supposed £200million budget on ensuring that Fabregas is playing his football at Old Trafford as of next year.
Spanish newspaper Sport claims that although it’s been said that Barca would be willing to accept offers close to the €40million mark, United want to up their proposal to rule out the possibility of being rejected. It’s likely they will face fierce competition from the likes of the player’s former club Arsenal, whilst Chelsea and Manchester City have also been named in connection.
The speculation emanating from Spain is that Fabregas is just one of a host of first-team stars at the Catalan giants who are on their way out of the club this summer. Javier Mascherano, Daniel Alves, Alex Song and Alexis Sanchez all face uncertain futures, whilst rumours have also linked Andres Iniesta with a potential move away.