New United boss David Moyes made an opening offer of £25.9 million to Barcelona for the midfielder on Monday.
And, after Thiago elected to join up with former boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich rather than move to Old Trafford, Owen says signing a central midfielder should be United’s priority this summer.
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Moyes revealed over the weekend that he is keen to reinforce his midfield ahead of the new season, and that he is looking at signing "the best players".
"We're working hard to get the first transfer in and to make sure it's the right one," he told the Sunday Times. "I’ve been left a really good team and I want to add to it sensibly."
United must now wait for the Liga champions to make their stance regarding the ex-Arsenal star known.
Goal revealed in June that the Gunners have been keeping tabs on Fabregas, who left the Emirates Stadium for Camp Nou in 2011, throughout the summer, and may decide to use the £25m buy-back clause they have in place.