David Moyes has made Cesc Fabregas his top summer transfer target according to former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin.
An opening £25 million bid was lodged for ex-Arsenal midfielder Fabregas and while Barcelona have stated that the midfielder has no desire to leave, club ambassador Irwin believes Moyes will go hell for leather in his pursuit of the experienced 26-year-old.
Speaking in his Sunday World column, Irwin said: “United are going after Fabregas as keenly as they did Van Persie last year – Cesc will be their big summer buy.
“It’s the one part of the team that let them down in big head-to-head matches during the last season. Remember I told you here this time last year that United would get Robin van Persie? Well, they are going about getting Fabregas in much the same way.”
Earlier in 2013, Irwin claimed that United were desperate to sign Fabregas and last year, he was one of the first to tip Robin van Persie to join United last summer at a time when it looked extremely unlikely that the deal would happen.
And as he is still actively involved in the club, the former Old Trafford favourite is better placed than most to be in a position to know the intricacies of the clubs transfer policy.
The quite extraordinary claim will only heighten speculation over Fabregas’ future at Barcelona after a mixed two-year spell with his boyhood club. In 2012/13, he only finished 19 games and more often than not found himself played out of position in a ‘false 9’ role where he rarely looked completely comfortable.
Critically though in an era of unofficial talks and hush-hush meetings, it’s unlikely United would have lodged a bid without receiving some assurances that the player was keen on a move to Old Trafford and certainly wouldn’t have gone public – that’s not usually our style.
Fabregas is seen by many as the ideal man to bring some much-needed quality to United’s midfield area. The 26-year-old is a fantastic passer of the ball and is able to dictate play and retain possession with comparative ease. He guarantees ten goals a season from midfield, something which has gone amiss for a number of seasons, as well as boasting Premier League experience in abundance so his signing certainly ticks all the boxes for United.