Manchester United have been shortened from 16/1 to 2/1 in Sky Bet’s market to sign Cesc Fabregas today amid fresh speculation that we are still in the running for him.
Andy Mitten suggested in his column for the Manchester Evening News that United weren’t willing to go back in for Fabregas this summer following the debacle of last year but, as is traditional with United transfer rumours of late, it has gone to and fro.
Some reports say United aren’t in the market for Fabregas anymore whilst others say we are. At this stage, it is all conjecture that adds another piece to the puzzle.
Today, Twitter has been rife with Fabregas speculation today thanks to Mr. Sky Italia, Tancredi Palmeri. For those who don’t know him when it comes to transfers, Fernando Torres has got a higher conversion rate but it seems he has started a wave.
EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United have outbid the wages offered by Chelsea to Fabregas. Still no bid placed to Barcelona, who prefer Chelsea
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 9, 2014
They were swiftly followed up by Goncalo Lopes who works with Portuguese newspaper Diarios de Noticias.
Like i told about MUFC: Now their in the lead for @cesc4official with a late bid. Once again, he was never a first choice for Mou.
— Gonçalo Lopes (@_GoncaloLopes) June 9, 2014
Odds being shortened can’t be taken as gospel but there must be been a lot of movement for a market to drop that much so quickly.
Nobody knows what to believe at this stage but it would be childish of United to rule themselves out of the running for Fabregas solely based on what happened last summer. This is United, not a schoolground.
What would thwart our chances of signing him is if Chelsea came over the top with a higher bid and wages but given that they have sold David Luiz and Juan Mata in recent times just to balance the books, the days of Chelsea’s free spending are over.
No Champions League football could be a defining factor but although there are those that suggest United are out of the running for Fabregas, until he has signed on the dotted line anywhere, he could potentially join any number of clubs still.
Update: As is traditional with United transfer stories, they change their spots every hour and James Ducker from The Times has poured cold water all over the latest Fabregas reports.
United are not in for fabregas #mufc
— James Ducker (@DuckerTheTimes) June 9, 2014