The Premier League champions had a £25 million offer rejected last week with the player insisting he wanted to stay at Barcelona, but the club have ignored the comments with an improved £30 million plus add-ons deal lodged earlier today.
Arsene Wenger is also monitoring Fabregas’ situation at Barcelona with a bid ready and waiting if the club do part ways with the player. The Gunners have first refusal on the midfielder, as stipulated in his transfer to the Catalans two years ago. Believe among Arsenal fans is that United’s bid for Cesc will only make it easier for Arsenal to sign their former captain as Barca accepting any bid will mean Arsenal can activate their first refusal right which is fixed at £25 million.
For the time being, the midfielder is happy to remain at the Nou Camp but should Arsenal confirm their interest with a bid, he could be persuaded to move on. The Mirror claim that Fabregas has told close friends that he would only go back to Arsenal should he leave Barcelona, ruling out a move to Manchester United.
David Moyes is still confident that he can bring Fabregas to Old Trafford but the midfielder’s loyalties could get in the way of a transfer. The midfielder views Wenger as a father and would prefer to be reunited with him rather than a move to Manchester.
His first preference would be to remain at Barcelona and help them to be successful. Xavi’s career could be coming to an end in the next few years and Fabregas wants to be ready to take on his role.