Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas after he was left out of Barcelona’s squad for their pre-season tour.
Along with the likes of Xavi, Pique, Iniesta, Alba and Busquets, the 26-year-old midfielder has been given extra time off following his participation on Spain’s Confederations Cup campaign in Brazil.
It means that Fabregas will be away from the squad and, like Rooney back at Carrington, he will be left to contemplate his future without being alongside his Barcelona team-mates.
With Ed Woodward back in Europe to help advance United’s approaches for transfer targets and Fabregas away from the Barcelona squad, a deal could happen.
The likes of Puyol, Iniesta and Puyol have all voiced their opinion that Fabregas will not contemplate a move away from the Nou Camp but sources close to the player indicated that he has been given no assurances about first team football next year, a move looks like it could happen.
Fabregas’ absence does not mean that he will be leaving Barcelona this summer but it opens up the possibility for negotiations between United and the player.