Manchester United have not re-entered the race to sign Cesc Fabregas despite reports to the contrary.
The Barcelona man looks certain to leave the Nou Camp this summer having endured a difficult 2013/14 campaign.
Manchester United were said to be in hot pursuit of the former Arsenal man last year and were gearing up to swoop this summer - only for Chelsea to emerge as shock favourites for his signature.
The Blues appear close to sealing a £27 million deal for the 27-year-old midfielder, just three years after he returned to Spain for around £28 million.
Despite that it was claimed last night that Manchester United had just launched an audacious late swoop to beat Chelsea to the punch by beating the Blues contract offer, with a price still to be discussed with Barcelona.
However The Times' northern football correspondent James Ducker has moved to dismiss those claims by insisting there is no way that Manchester United are interested in securing Fabregas' signature.
He tweeted last night: "Manchester United are not in for Fabregas #MUFC"
Chelsea fans are likely to be happy with that news as Jose Mourinho looks to rebuild his squad following an ultimately disappointing campaign last time round. Veterans Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have already been shown the door, while Juan Mata left in January and David Luiz is set to join PSG.
Diego Costa will soon arrive at Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid as will Thibaut Courtois as he returns from his lengthy loan spell. Felipe Luis and Tiago are also set to arrive from the Vicente Calderon.
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