Moyes confirms United’s second Fabregas bid and hopes for breakthrough

by Sam Peoples

David Moyes has confirmed that Manchester United have made a second bid for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas and that chief executive Ed Woodward is dealing with the transfer personally.

United’s initial bid of €30 million was not enough to prize Fabregas away from the Nou Camp but a second bid, believed to be in the region of £30 million plus add-ons, is hoped to be enough.

Speaking at a press conference in Japan, Moyes said: “My understanding is that Ed’s [Woodward, United’s executive vice chairman] had a response and he spoke with them.

“I think we made a second offer but Ed is dealing with that personally, rather than me.

“When you’re interested in good players you want to give it every opportunity to materialise and I’ll do that. I hope things can continue and move forward.

“At this moment in time I can only tell you that Ed Woodward is working hard trying to make the deals happen. We can only hope that some of them fall into place shortly.”

Moyes’ very open approach to United’s pursuit of Fabregas is a u-turn on his initial desires to keep transfer targets close to his chest.

In a market where managers openly talk about their targets, maybe it is a tact that could benefit United given how many we have missed out on in the recent past.

But Sky Sports have claimed that Barcelona will not make a decision on the future of Fabregas until a new coach is appointed at the club, hinting that this transfer saga is far from finishing just yet.

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