Thursday 14 December 2017

Manchester United hoping to seal deal for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United want to sign Cesc Fabregas
Manchester United want to sign Cesc Fabregas

By Mark Ogden, Telegraph

MANCHESTER United manager David Moyes hopes to close in on a move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas in the coming days. Having lodged a £26m bid with Barcelona for the former Arsenal captain earlier this week, United are now confident of success in their bid to sign the player.

Chief executive Ed Woodward has flown back to Europe from the club's trip to Australia in order to accelerate efforts to seal the deal and Moyes admitted he was hopeful of a swift transfer breakthrough.

"I couldn't tell you exactly," said Moyes when asked whether Barcelona had responded to the offer. "I'm in contact with the chief exec [vice chairman Ed Woodward] who has been dealing with it just now.

"I'll hopefully know a little more in the next day or so. It's the middle of the night back in England right now so I may have a bit more information in the next day or so about how it's going.

"As far as players we're looking to bring in, we are working hard to do that and make some additions to the squad.

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"Hopefully there will be some good news in the not too distant future."

Moyes also re-iterated that Wayne Rooney is not for sale, despite claims the striker is "angry and confused" at the suggestion he is now United's second-choice striker behind van Persie.

"The club's position has not changed with Wayne Rooney," said Moyes. "There's no change to that."

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