Friday 23 February 2018

United increase bid for Fabregas to £30million plus add-ons

Manchester United hope to seal a deal for Cesc Fabregas
Manchester United hope to seal a deal for Cesc Fabregas
Gareth Bale

Mark Ogden in Sydney

Manchester United have increased their bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to £30million plus add-ons according to reports/

Manchester United are aiming to secure the services of Cesc Fabregas in the coming days before pursuing an audacious attempt to lure Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.

Having lodged a formal offer for Fabregas on Monday, United are still to receive a response from Barcelona about their intentions with the former Arsenal captain. But there is a growing confidence at United that a deal can be struck - potentially during their two-game trip to Japan next week - prior to a more challenging move for Tottenham midfielder Bale.

"I am in contact with the chief exec, Ed Woodward, who has been dealing with it [the Fabregas bid] just now," manager David Moyes said here yesterday (Friday). "I'll hopefully know a little more in the next day or so. But as far as players we are looking to bring in, we are working hard to do that. Hopefully there will be some good news in the not too distant future."

With Barcelona keen to raise funds by offloading players and reducing their wage bill, combined with Fabregas's willingness to return to the Premier League with United, Moyes is optimistic about his prospects of signing the 26 year-old. Publicly, the Spanish club continue to insist he is not for sale. "Barca will not entertain any offers for Cesc. He is completely non-transferable," said sports vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu, but United are unconcerned by that.

Personal terms are understood to be unlikely to prove problematic with Fabregas, but senior figures at United are aware that their hopes of persuading Tottenham to sell Bale, who could cost in the region of £60million, are dependent on the resolve of the White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy to do business.

Levy is understood to be determined to retain Bale, but with Real Madrid no longer interested in the Wales international, United believe that this summer presents the optimum opportunity to sign the player.

Moyes admits that his priority is to bolster his midfield options. "When I got the job, I was made aware of what could be done to improve things and signing a midfield player was one area we thought we could possibly add to the squad," Moyes said.

United are due to face the A-League All-Stars at Sydney's ANZ Stadium today - a game which saw all 83,000 tickets sold within 45 minutes of going on sale last December.

Moyes is set to hand Robin van Persie his first pre-season appearance following the Dutch forward's extended summer break.

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