United prepare for Fabregas bid

English Premier League champions to bid for Barcelona midfielder despite three years remaining on his Camp Nou deal.

    United prepare for Fabregas bid
    United are targetting the midfielder, despite his desire to stay at Barcelona [GETTY]

    Manchester United submitted a bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas on Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to publicly discuss the bid, which was submitted by United executives from Sydney where the team is currently on its pre-season tour.

    Despite Barcelona offering no public indication that Fabregas is for sale, United has offered $39m to bring the former Arsenal captain back to the English Premier League, as David Moyes looks to make his first major signing as manager of the English champions.

    The transfer bid comes two years after Fabregas left Arsenal after pushing to rejoin boyhood club Barcelona.

    There are three years remaining on his Camp Nou deal, and Arsenal is reported to have first refusal if Barcelona chooses to sell Fabregas.

    At Old Trafford, the Spain midfielder would be re-united with striker Robin van Persie, who joined from Arsenal a year ago.

    The 26-year-old Fabregas would help to fill the void left by the retirement of Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher, who is continuing to recover from a bowel condition.

    Last month, Fabregas expressed a desire to stay at Barcelona despite struggling to establish himself as a regular in the starting line-up for the Spanish champions.

    "If Barcelona said that they didn't want me, that would be another thing - but what I truly want is to triumph at Barcelona,'' he told Spanish radio.

    "That's been my dream since I was a kid.''

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Do you really know the price of milk?

    Do you really know the price of milk?

    Answer as many correct questions as you can and see where your country ranks in the global cost of living.

    The Coming War on China

    The Coming War on China

    Journalist John Pilger on how the world's greatest military power, the US, may well be on the road to war with China.