Manchester United step up Cesc Fabregas chase

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Manchester United are ready to renew their interest in Cesc Fabregas after it became apparent Koke would not leave Atletico Madrid, reports the Daily Express.

The former Arsenal star has been the subject of intense speculation this week after Barcelona agreed to let the player leave. His likely destination seemed to be the Emirates Stadium but Arsene Wenger has reportedly informed Nou Camp officials that he will not exercise the option to bring Fabregas back.

Instead Fabregas looked likely to link up with Arsenal's rivals Chelsea as the 27-year-old was keen on a return to London and also wanted to play in the Champions League.

Manchester United, who chased the player so intensely last summer, had reportedly championed the pursuit of Koke over Fabregas but it has since become apparent that neither the player or Atletico Madrid are keen to stay together.

That has forced Louis van Gaal to return his attentions towards Fabregas and officials at Old Trafford are considering launching a bid to rival that of Chelsea's.

Although Manchester United are not playing in the Champions League, the Red Devils will be able to offer Fabregas a lucrative salary.

However, Van Gaal's indecision has left him trailing Jose Mourinho in the chase for the player. Reports are suggesting that Fabregas may have already agreed to the Chelsea move while others even say he has completed a medical.

BBC's David Ornstein claims it will still be several weeks before his future is decided, hinting that the race to sign him is far from over.

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