Manchester United boss David Moyes has confirmed his side have launched yet another bid for Barcelona and ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, which begs the question does he actually want to go?
Julien Laurens, a well-known football journalist, told ESPN he believes there must be some sort of potential for an agreement coming from Cesc’s camp otherwise United’s advances are without substance, despite the player insisting he is happy in his hometown.
The former Gunners talisman is believed to have a clause in his contract which was confirmed by Wenger recently, which allows the north London side to have first refusal should the Catalan giants accept a bid from the Premier League champions.
But what happens if United bid a sum that the Gunners cannot match? The Manchester side are pushing hard for the transfer and with uncertainty over the next manager at the helm of Barcelona anything can happen. €30 million was the reported first bid, meaning anything significantly higher could blow the Gunners out of the water.
Moyes confirmed that a second bid had been made, he said during United’s pre-season tour of East Asia and Australia:
As I understand it, Ed [Woodward, executive vice-chairman] had a response [to the first offer].
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We have made a second offer, but Ed is dealing with it rather than me.
The former Arsenal captain always maintained he would return to the Gunners ahead of any other Premier League side, and unlike Van Persie you tend to trust his loyalty. If Cesc would take a paycut to return to his boyhood club, it is unreasonable to think he would move to Manchester to receive a bumper pay package and play alongside Michael Carrick.
Personally Gooners I think there is no real reason to worry as Fabregas wants to make it at Barcelona, however if United keep flexing their financial muscle Arsenal may not have a chance to compete with an extortionate transfer fee. How much is too much for Wenger to bring back one of his most prized footballers?