Manchester United are back in the race to sign Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas and have made it clear to his representatives that they will outbid Chelsea in terms of wages to seal the deal, according to Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri.

The beIN Sports correspondent is prolific on Twitter and believes United have made a last-ditch attempt to persuade Fabregas that his future lies at Old Trafford not Stamford Bridge, breaking the 'Exclusive' news on his page this afternoon that the Red Devils have offered Fabregas a top salary package to choose them this summer.

Palmeri is at pains to say Barcelona have still not received a concrete offer for the Spanish international, who is not thought to part of new manager Luis Enrique's plans at the Camp Nou.

Fabregas is busy focusing on representing Spain at this summer's World Cup, with their opening game against Holland on Friday night, but that hasn't stopped speculation surrounding his future reaching fever pitch over the last seven days.

The 27-year-old has been most strongly linked with a shock switch to Chelsea, who are willing to meet Barca's €33m asking price, after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger surprisingly turned down the chance to re-sign his former captain.

Arsenal have a set buy-back clause on the midfield maestro but Wenger is more interested in closing deals for replacements in other positions, which leaves Premier League rivals United and Chelsea free to try and sign a proven playmaker ahead of next season.

Chelsea are leading the race as they look to land a replacement for the goals and incredible contribution provided by Frank Lampard over the last decade, but Palmeri believes United are now firmly back in the race for a target they failed to sign last summer.

On that occasion Barca rebuffed United's interest and sent them packing, but the Red Devils look to be ready to challenge Chelsea for his signature again during the close season and have the budget to match that ambition.

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