Manchester United have produced the biggest offer for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who has been told he can leave the Camp Nou this summer. The Red Devils have submitted a £34m bid for the Spain international, beating Chelsea’s £32m offer and Arsenal’s £29m bid.
This information comes courtesy of Spanish newspaper Sport, who claim Barcelona will sell to the highest bidder - and the club that offers the most cash upfront. The Catalan giants, who ended the 2013/14 campaign without a major trophy, are keen to secure the services of Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke as a replacement for the out-of-favour Fabregas.
Reports in Spain yesterday claimed Chelsea were on the brink of signing the 27-year-old after agreeing terms with the former Arsenal star. However, this latest information suggests the World Cup winner could well be encouraged to sign for Manchester United, whose newly-appointed manager Louis van Gaal has a £220m transfer budget to play with this summer.
It was widely reported last month than Van Gaal, a former Barcelona head coach who will take charge of the Netherlands national team at this month’s World Cup finals in Brazil, was not keen on signing Fabregas for his new team at Old Trafford. However, Sport insist the Premier League giants are very interested - just as they were 12 months ago.
Back then, under the management of David Moyes, United submitted several bids for Fabregas but were ultimately unsuccessful in their pursuit of the classy midfielder. This summer, however, it seems certain that the former Gunner will return to England - albeit not to the Emirates Stadium.