Manchester United manager David Moyes is confident the club's stature can still attract 'top end' players, despite the big spending of some of Europe's biggest sides.
It was reported on Monday that the Premier League champions had made an opening offer of 30 million euros for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, with Moyes highlighting the central midfield position as one he would like to strengthen.
Despite seeing wealthy Ligue 1 sides Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco sign Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao in big-money moves, and seeing first choice target Thiago Alcantara opt for Bayern Munch over Old Trafford, the Scot is still confident the Premier League champions are an attractive prospect.
"I think PSG and Monaco have changed the way it’s looked [at]," Moyes is quoted as saying by The Times.
"But I certainly think if you’re a player and you look out of the window and see Old Trafford - if you’ve really got any ambitions about being a footballer, and you’re a top end one - then I think you’ll want to play for Manchester United."
Former Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova - who stepped down from his role on Friday to continue his treatment for cancer - maintains Fabregas wants to stay at Camp Nou, with Moyes admitting shortly afterwards that he is hoping for "good news" regarding the bid as the club look to strengthen their "priority" position.
Moyes continued: "When I got the job, I was made aware of what could possibly be done to improve things, and signing a midfield player was one that we thought we could possibly add to the squad. At the moment that’s probably our priority - to try and add a player in that position."
One player who could be set for an exit from United is Wayne Rooney, with the club rejecting an offer from Chelsea, and Moyes hinted that he is unwilling to part with the wantaway striker due to a lack of suitable - and affordable - replacements.
"I think the hardest players to get are the top goalscorers," he explained. "I think it’s hard to get top quality players who can come in and affect your team. That’s why we’re trying to go for what we see as the right players and the best players."