But would Barca really consider selling such a talent? Having already let Thiago Alcantara leave for Bayern Munich, and with Fabregas apparently keen to stay at Camp Nou, the likelihood seems slim.
That's not to say it won't happen. Other factors could be at play here, and it seems strange that United would lodge a bid if they didn't at least have an inkling that Fabregas was for the turning.
I made a guest appearance on FullTimeDevils this week to look at some reasons why this deal might yet go through.