After a few disappointments in the transfer season, Manchester United are trying to make a huge move for Cesc Fabregas.
Ben Smith of BBC Sport was one of many to report on the club making a bid for the talented midfielder:
Manchester United have made a £25m bid for Barcelona's former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The offer is currently under consideration but is understood to be below the Spanish club's current valuation of the player.
According to Sky Sports, the bid could be as high as £35 million:
Sky sources: Manchester United to make £35m offer for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 15, 2013
Even if this larger number is correct, it would be well worth it for one of the top players in the world.
Fabregas has spent the last two seasons with Barcelona after transferring from Arsenal in 2011. In that time, he has seen a great deal of team and individual success on the club and international level.
His club dominated league play last season, winning La Liga by a 15-point margin over rivals Real Madrid. While goalscoring machine Lionel Messi received most of the attention, the midfielder was a huge part of the club's success.
OptaJoe points out how much production Fabregas had in league play last season:
22 - Only Lionel Messi (58) was involved in more La Liga goals for Barcelona last season than Cesc Fabregas (11 goals, 11 assists). Wanted.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 15, 2013
Of course, his contribution to the squad was more than just the goals he created. According to WhoScored.com, the midfielder had an average rating of 7.41, which ranked sixth in La Liga. This is better than his established teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Fabregas is also a big part of the Spanish national team, which won two European championships and a World Cup in the past few years.
If he were to join Manchester United, he would not only bring a great amount of talent and winning experience, but he would also strengthen an area of need for the defending EPL champions.
According to Sky Sports, manager David Moyes recently had this to say about the transfer season:
We are looking at the best players. I do think it's important that we show people we are carrying on the traditions and trying to take the club forward. I will not name anybody, but certainly we are always looking at the best players. I think we are trying to strengthen in a couple of areas. We are short in midfield.
This move certainly fits that description. Fabregas is one of the top players in the world and would bring a great deal of skill to the midfield. His ability to create opportunities could help Robin van Persie score as many goals as Messi next season.
The only problem is that this deal will not be easy. Barcelona would have to agree to a transfer fee that is worthy of a player of this ability, which will probably be more than the current offer.
Additionally, the Spanish club will be more hesitant to sell an elite midfielder after losing Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich.
Manchester United would also have to outbid Arsenal, who have a £25 million buyback clause, according to Greg Stobart of Goal.com.
Will Cesc Fabregas play for Manchester United next season?
Finally, the last step would be convincing Fabregas to come to England after enjoying his time in Spain. Per BBC Sport, he stated last month that he was "happy at Barca," and getting him to leave would be a tough task.
However, he would likely be guaranteed a spot on the first team in every single match with United and could help the squad contend for a Champions League title in his first year.
The Premier League club has been looking to make a splash in this transfer season. Although there has been little action to this point, adding Fabregas would certainly be enough to transform the roster and excite fans.
Now the question is whether the club can complete a deal.
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