Manchester United may have failed in their first attempt to lure Cesc Fabregas away from the Nou Camp last summer but there are a few reasons to believe that they might have a better shot this time round.
According to The Guardian, Fabregas “seriously considered” a move to Old Trafford last summer but he ended up staying in Spain in what was a dismal summer of transfer of activity for Ed Woodward and then-manager David Moyes.
But a number of things have changed. With the appointment of Luis Enrique as Barcelona’s new manager, several players are rumoured to be on the block.
Tonight, Guillem Balague had his say on the situation and told Sky Sports’ Revista De La Liga that Barcelona were willing to let Fabregas go to any club willing to stump up €40m, something that was reported by Marca earlier this week
He also claimed that Fabregas’ personal choice, should the bid come in, would be a return to the Premier League. Balague claimed that Arsenal, despite their history with the player, are not first choice and Manchester City could struggle to make a move due to the financial fair play rules currently imposed upon them.
Of course, Balague has been wide of the mark previously with some claims but you can’t hide the fact that Fabregas has been slammed by the Spanish press and booed by fans on more than one occasion this season, so there is plenty of reason to justify frustration on his part.
There is also the Louis Van Gaal factor to consider. The arrival of the serial title-winning Dutchman has arguably given United the credibility boost that they lacked under Moyes and Fabregas is thought to be on the Van Gaal’s list.
Whilst Fabregas’ time in Barcelona has not worked out how he would have liked, it is difficult to argue that if United were able to bring him in it would provide an instant boost to the quality lacking in United’s engine room and should Toni Kroos also be prised from Bayern Munich, United’s core would be instantly transformed.
If you were Manchester United manager and could sign Cesc Fabregas for €40m tomorrow, would you do so?