PICTURE: United set to make club record £40 million bid for Cesc Fabregas

by Sam Peoples

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.

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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.

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