Barcelona are reportedly keen to recoup around £32m for the 27-year-old, who has struggled to produce his best form during his three-year stint with the club he rejoined in 2011 following an eight-year spell with Arsenal, who are also keen on re-signing the World Cup winner.
Manchester United’s planned bid - which will be submitted, according to the Metro - is slightly lower than Barcelona’s valuation, but there’s a chance the La Liga giants will accept if Luis Enrique does not regard Fabregas as an important part of his future plans.
The former AS Roma and Celta Vigo head coach had the opportunity to confirm Fabregas is “untransferable” during his first press conference as Barcelona’s manager on Wednesday - but he could not offer such assurances.
Fabregas was believed to be keen on a move to Old Trafford last summer - when Manchester United made three separate bids for the versatile midfielder - but a move failed to materialise because the player was reluctant to go public with his desire to quit the Camp Nou and risk alienating himself from the club’s supporters.
However these are the same supporters who have, on occasions this season, jeered Fabregas during matches. The Spaniard has almost become a scapegoat for the team’s failure to produce the same swashbuckling football of the Pep Guardiola era under Gerardo Martino, who resigned from his post as Barcelona manager following last Saturday’s all-or-nothing La Liga title decider against Atletico Madrid.
Face-to-face talks with Enrique may convince Fabregas that his dream move to Barcelona isn’t going to work out quite as he had planned when he walked away from the Emirates Stadium in 2011. But the opportunity to be part of Louis van Gaal’s new-look Manchester United team alongside compatriots David de Gea and Juan Mata, plus good friend Robin van Persie, may prove impossible to turn down for the Spaniard.
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