Cesc Fabregas was prepared to join Manchester United last summer if Barcelona were willing to sell him, it has emerged. The Spain international is currently at the centre of a new tug-of-war between several Premier League clubs, but he was open to the idea of moving to Old Trafford less than 12 months ago.
United, then managed by David Moyes, made several formal bids for the World Cup winner who spent eight years with Arsenal before rejoining his boyhood club in 2011. However, the Barcelona boss at the time, Gerardo Martino, opted to keep the classy midfielder at the Camp Nou after being advised to do so by the club’s hierarchy.
The situation has changed now, though. As the Guardian state, Fabregas’s stock has fallen considerably over the past season, during which pockets of the Barcelona supporters even resorted to jeering the Spaniard. The Catalan giants ended the campaign without a single major trophy and Luis Enrique - Martino’s successor - is the man tasked with ensuring Barcelona are back to their best next season.
In order to finance a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, Barcelona must first offload Fabregas, who will cost either Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester City in the region of £35 million - the fee Barca paid to sign the midfielder from the Gunners three years ago.
It’s believed that Chelsea are currently in pole position to sign Fabregas, although Manchester United have submitted the biggest offer so far. However, a deal to bring the 27-year-old back to the Premier League will not be completed until after this summer’s World Cup finals, which get underway a week on Thursday.