Manchester United have followed up their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas with a third bid believed to be a club record £40 million according to The Telegraph.
David Moyes has already had two bids rejected and it was believed that a third bid was dead in the water after Fabregas publicly pledged himself to Barcelona.
“Nothing has changed. I am happy at Barcelona. My dream is to play and triumph here and I have never considered leaving,” Fabregas said.
But if Mark Ogden’s reports are true, United have not been set back by his stance and it would be extremely persistent of Moyes to go forward with a third bid for Fabregas. It would indicate that United have genuine belief that a move could still materialise despite Barcelona’s and Fabregas’ public stance.
There is reason to believe that Barcelona need to generate money to fund the purchase of a central defender given that the club spent in excess of €50 million on Neymar and there is pressure on Barcelona’s president to deliver another new signing.
Bear in mind that Mark Ogden is a very reliable journalist. He was one of the first to break that Sir Alex Ferguson has retired and is very well connected when it comes to news about United.
A sliver of hope comes in the fact that even if Fabregas had desires to leave the club, there was no way he was going to announce that decision at a press conference with Messi et al alongside him but that is clutching at straws. If we really have gone in all guns blazing with a £40 million bid, I hope Ed Woodward and Moyes know what they are doing.