Talk of former Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas has resurfaced after the announcement that United target Thiago Alcantara his signed with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Not a surprise really when you realize that he moved up through the ranks at Barcelona while new Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola was in charge at the Nou Camp, and given the fact that Guardiola’s brother Pere is Thiago’s agent it is not surprising that he chose to sign for the European Champions.
United are desperate to shore up their mid-field now that Paul Scholes has retired, and Ryan Giggs is looking to be more of a coach than a player, plus there is still no news on when Darren Fletcher will be fully fit.
A move to United would almost certainly guarantee regular first team soccer for Fabregas unlike at Barcelona where he is not guaranteed a start for Tito Vilanova’s team.
A move to Old Trafford would see the 26-year-old join up with his former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie where he would play alongside Michael Carrick in the center of the park week-in week-out.
All this is not as straight forward as it sounds as the club he once captained Arsenal have a clause in the deal when they sold Fabregas back to Arsenal that if the Catalans ever decided to sell that Arsenal have a first choice option of bringing him back to the Emirates for $37.5 million.
My take on the matter is that Fabregas seems quite happy at Barcelona despite not always being the first choice come game day, and you must remember this is his home and the place where he grew up, so I would not be surprised if he just stayed put.
Should that be the case you can expect to find both clubs turning their attention to Belgium international Marouane Fellaini who has a $35 million buy-out-clause built into his contract that expires August 14th.
The Everton midfielder is almost certain to be signed by someone this summer, with Manchester United having the edge over any rivals due to Moyes connection with the Toffee’s.