Andy Mitten, respected journalist and editor of fanzine United We Stand, believes that Manchester United stand a good chance of signing Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona this summer.
David Moyes admitted a second official bid for the 26-year-old had been made as United stepped up their interest in signing Fabregas.
And speaking with MUTV after today’s press conference in Japan, Mitten was confident that Fabregas could be tempted away from Catalonia.
“Manchester United are very keen on signing Cesc Fabregas, that is certain, and they have the money to do it,” he said.
“Barcelona don’t want to sell him. There’s two really strong sides to the argument.
“United wouldn’t be making this public if they didn’t think he was prepared to come to Old Trafford so the news they are getting is that he is prepared to move.”
The openness of United’s Fabregas approach is a very different style to what we are used to but Mitten is right in saying that the club must be confident that they have a chance of signing Fabregas, otherwise there would be no reason to go public with our interest.
“Barcelona would get hammered by their fans if they sold him, especially after having sold Thiago Alcantara, but if the player wants to go and I think he might be saying one thing to one and one thing to the other but United are firmly under the impression he is willing to come to Old Trafford.” Andy Mitten
Mitten has regularly been present at the Nou Camp this season and has seen Fabregas booed by Barcelona fans for underwhelming performances, despite being played out of position, and believes that while the club are not interested in selling him, Fabregas may have his reasons.
He said: “He would receive a high wage, his agent would get a nice cut, he would get more minutes on the field and he is an Anglophile. He has always been very respectful to United.
“He is thinking ‘how many minutes am I going to get on the pitch ahead this season ahead of the World Cup’. If he looks at the Barcelona team now that they have put Neymar in, I don’t think he will get in that starting XI.
“So he is either doing one of two things. He will come to United for a lot of money and I think United will pay a lot of money, £40 million or that sort of figure.
“Or is he pushing for more time and space at Barcelona? His biggest fan at Barcelona was Tito Vilanova who has sadly moved aside because he is poorly.
“Barcelona would get hammered by their fans if they sold him, especially after having sold Thiago Alcantara, but if the player wants to go and I think he might be saying one thing to one and one thing to the other but United are firmly under the impression he is willing to come to Old Trafford.”
While Mitten suggested why a move to Old Trafford would benefit Fabregas’ football career, he pointed out that his position as a new father and roots in Catalonia mean that he has plenty of reason to stay in Spain.
This transfer could go either way but if United are willing to spend £40 million and Fabregas wants guaranteed minutes, then a move to Old Trafford is not out of the question.
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