Transfer news: Manchester United 'considering' third and final bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas

David Moyes is hopeful that £35m will be enough to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford despite Gerardo Martino's insistence that Fabregas will not be leaving

Manchester United could be about to launch a third bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, with reports suggesting they could offer around £35m to try and bring him to Old Trafford.

The Spaniard has been David Moyes’ prime transfer target after he missed out on Thiago Alcantara last month, but they have already had two bids knocked back by the La Liga champions.

Their opening offer of £26m hit the headlines before being rejected by Barcelona officials, with their second bid of £30m being immediately dismissed by new manager Gerardo Martino who insisted they would not sell Fabregas for any price.

"I'm not going to involve myself in the club's accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third," Martino said last week.

"In other words, Fabregas will remain here."

However, Moyes could be about to break their club-record transfer fee – set in 2008 when Sir Alex Ferguson signed Dimitar Berbatov for £30.75m – as they search for a central midfielder to fill the hole left by the retired Paul Scholes.

Fabregas is believed to have told friends in England that he would be open to a move back to the Premier League, although he has at no point expressed a desire to leave the Nou Camp after the Catalan club fought to sign him from his former club Arsenal.

Arsenal do have a buy-back option for £25m but have chosen not to follow up that option at this time, with Arsene Wenger suggesting that he doesn’t think Fabregas will be leaving Barcelona this year, but a bid of £35m may be enough to at least force president Sandro Rosell to at least consider the offer.

Should United fail to make any headway with Fabregas, they could switch targets to try and sign Everton’s Marouane Fellaini or Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, with reports yesterday claiming that United are exploring the possibility of bringing the Croation back to the Premier League after just one season in Spain.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital

War with Isis

Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?