Manchester United make opening £25.9m Fabregas offer

With Spain Under-21 star Thiago set to join up with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, the Red Devils launched a bid to sign the 26-year-old former Arsenal midfielder
By Greg Stobart

Manchester United have made a €30 million (£25.9m) opening offer for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Goal has learned.

Having seen Thiago elect to join up with former boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich rather than move to Old Trafford, United have turned their attentions to the former Arsenal man.

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After lodging the offer on Monday, United must now wait for Barcelona to make their stance regarding the midfielder known.

Fabregas often struggled to break in to the Barca line-up last season and was occasionally booed by his own supporters when he performed poorly.

The Gunners have been keeping tabs on Fabregas, who left the Emirates Stadium for Camp Nou in 2011, throughout the summer, and have a £25m buy-back clause in place.

Arsene Wenger is keen to bolster his squad this summer and has been in contact with his former midfielder about his current situation in Catalunya.

Despite United's confidence that their £6.2m salary offer would be enough to tempt Thiago, the 22-year-old completed a move to Bayern Munich on Sunday.

David 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."