Manchester United have enquired about the availability of Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, reports ESPN.
Incoming manager David Moyes hopes to persuade the Spaniard to reunite with his old Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie at Manchester United in a sensational summer transfer thought to be worth around £30million.
It is thought that Fabregas is unsettled at Barcelona just less than two years after rejoining his boyhood club from Arsenal.
The 26-year-old has had to settle for limited playing time at the Camp Nou this season after Barcelona’s star midfield duo Andres Iniesta and Xavi being the preferred choices.
This has left the player frustrated and tempted by a possible return to the Premier League. However, is the Spaniard the ideal candidate to revitalise Manchester United’s ageing midfield?
This was most evident this season at Barcelona where he’s played as a second striker combining with Lionel Messi playing short passes, making off-the-ball movements and becoming another goal scoring option.
In the wake of Paul Scholes' retirement, manager Moyes is looking for stability in the centre of the park, someone who can become an ideal partner to Manchester United’s Michael Carrick.
The fact is Scholes already has a short-term replacement in Carrick and ideally Nick Powell in the future. The clubs missing jigsaw piece remains in an area that has been left untouched since Roy Keane left in 2005, a box-to-box styled midfielder.
One that can operate on both ends of the pitch, helping out defensively and offer another option going forward. This doesn’t make Barcelona’s Fabregras a suitable candidate to fill this void. The 26-year-old’s style is far too attacking to satisfy the needs of the team.
It’s also hard to understand where Fabregas would fit into Manchester United’s current system. The player usually operates in a more attacking position, ideally as a central attacking midfielder or even as a striker for Barcelona.
This is similar to the role he’d have at Old Trafford playing behind former teammate Robin Van Persie in a 4-2-3-1 formation. This would mean implications for Shinji Kagawa, who has already struggled with the competition from the clubs talisman Wayne Rooney.
If Japanese international was to lose out again to Fabregas, it’s unlikely we’ll see the formidable player that operated so well at Borussia Dortmund a season ago behind Robert Lewandowksi.
Problems will also arise as Rooney likes to play this position as well. If Moyes was to have Fabregas and Kagawa at his disposal, it could mean either the end for Rooney at Old Trafford or a move into a deeper role – one which the player has become more accustomed to over the past couple of season.
The simple fact is, Manchester United already have stiff competition in areas that Fabregas would like to operate in.
Signing the Spaniard wouldn’t solve the obvious issues that the current squad of midfielders face.
The squad has an array of attacking talent but need to invest in a box-to-box styled midfielder who can stabilise Manchester United’s midfield.
Even with all the quality that he possesses as a player, he simply wouldn’t be a viable investment for the club and would be a luxury signing.
Moyes will be much better acting fast on signing a box-to-box midfielder like Kevin Strootman or Autro Vidal who have become increasingly influential for their respective sides.
Do you think that Fabregas would be a good signing for Manchester United?
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