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Rumour Of The Day: Fabregas to Manchester United

Posted on Jul 21st, 2013 by James Ellaby

This is one that seems set to run and run, no matter how denials are issued. Manchester United want to sign Cesc Fabregas, we know that for certain because they've told us. Barcelona don't want to sell him, we know that for certain because they've told us. But what we don't know for certain is whether Fabregas would want to join United, something that there are conflicting stories about.

The Daily Mirror are saying that he's told close friends that the only English club he would join is his old team Arsenal, who have got a buy-back clause that gives them a solid chance of signing him if they want him. But given the number of other big players they are chasing, you can't imagine that they've got the funds to pay for him as well, while the rest of their targets are top strikers, which implies that midfielders aren't the main priority for Wenger.

That's certainly not the case for David Moyes, who is desperate to add some world class talent into his midfield, and rightly so, as it's been a weak area for United for several years and Fabregas would make a big difference. Chief Exec Ed Woodward left their tour to try and complete the deal, but Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu seems fairly intractable.

Barca will not entertain any offers for Cesc. He is non-transferable.

The complicating factor in this in the last 24 hours is the news that Barca boss Tito Vilanova has stepped down from his position to continue his fight against cancer. The uncertainty that this will bring to the club could see their insistence on not selling Fabregas weaken, along with any strong feelings he has about not joining one of Arsenal's main rivals.

The Times reckon that he'll be on his way to United in a £100m double swoop that also brings in Gareth Bale, but that sounds like a remarkable amount of money to spend on two players in one summer, especially as there's not been any confirmation from United that they are after Bale.

But it will be interesting to see how their attempts to sign Fabregas play out. For us, confirmation from Moyes that he has made bids for Fabregas already mean there is solid proof to this rumour, and the departure of the Barcelona manager does increase the possibility that whoever replaces him may have different plans which do not include Fabregas so we're going to give this rumour a fairly high rating on our Truth-o-meter.

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