David Moyes must begin to establish his own identity once he takes over for longtime manager Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. The summer transfer window will be his first chance to do that and landing Cesc Fabregas would be a perfect start.
Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard reports United are working on a bid for the former Arsenal midfielder to bring him back to the Premier League after two seasons with Barcelona. The La Liga champions are seeking at least £20 million.
Interestingly, it's also reported Arsenal may have the option to bring him back before Barcelona can agree to send him to another club. If the Gunners are interested, that's another hurdle United would be forced to overcome in order to sign the midfielder.
It has been reported Arsenal inserted a clause when they sold Fabregas to Barcelona to ensure they had first option on buying him back, while Arsene Wenger said last January that he believed the player would return to Emirates one day. "I’m not convinced that he will not one day come back here because he is a real Arsenal man," added the Gunners boss. "He loves Arsenal, he watches every Arsenal game."
The clause, even if it's indeed included in Fabregas' current deal, shouldn't be enough for United to stop their pursuit. He would represent the big splash the Red Devils need to make in the first summer without Ferguson. A statement to show they will remain aggressive in the new era.
United's midfield will be a point of interest during the offseason.
Paul Scholes, who came back to bolster the group for the past two seasons, is following Ferguson's lead and retiring again. He's provided valuable stability for United during a time of need.
Mark Ogden of The Telegraph reported last month that Anderson could be set for a Porto return before next season. If so, he struggled to live up to the hype during his time at Old Trafford.
And then there's the case of Wayne Rooney, who took on more of a playmaking role following the arrival of Robin van Persie before the campaign. Ferguson confirmed he requested a transfer before sitting out the club's win over Swansea.
It makes the need for a player like Fabregas immense. The 26-year-old Spanish international has struggled to find top form with Barca. A move back to the Premier League could very well be exactly what he needs to reinvigorate his career.
With Arsenal, where he rose to stardom, he was a key piece of the puzzle. A playmaker who was essential to the club's attack and a focal point of the game plan.
Would Fabregas be a good target for United?
That hasn't been the case nearly as often with Barcelona, mostly because the La Liga side features so many talented superstars. Fabregas isn't as vital of an asset.
At United, he would be the main pivot of the attack and would have a field day getting to deliver passes to Van Persie all season. He'd once again become one of the most crucial players on the pitch and it seems like that's what he needs to thrive.
Signing him would also provide Moyes with what would probably be the first marquee signing of his United tenure. It represents the type of moves he'll need to pull off to keep United on top.
It's a perfect match United should aggressively pursue after celebrating their latest league title.