Manchester United have been dealt a major blow after Barcelona ruled out selling Cesc Fabregas in the summer. The former Arsenal man has been a transfer target for United for more than 12 months. Recently, their goalkeeper David de Gea stated that he was trying to convince Fabregas to move to Old Trafford. Now, the hopes of signing the 27-year-old has come crashing after Barcelona categorically stated that players like Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez will not be sold.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “We don’t want to sell players. Barca do not want to sell Fabregas or any other players that may appear to be on the market.”
Barcelona went through a very poor campaign in which they failed to win any major trophy. The only consolation was taking the defence of the league title to the final day. Speculation has been rife that the club would consider selling a couple of star names in order to strengthen the squad. Debts of more than £ 300 million mean that they need to sell in order to buy players.
Fabregas and Sanchez have been viewed as saleable assets, as they have not really set the world alight on fire since coming to the Camp Nou for a combined transfer fee of £70 million.
Fabregas is thought to have been made as Louis van Gaal’s primary transfer target after the club decided to end their interest in Bayern Munich stars Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben. This latest statement from the Spanish club comes as a major blow for United’s hopes in the new campaign.