Given Manchester United's noticeable lack of depth in the midfield ahead of the upcoming season, it's not surprising that the club has reportedly made a second offer in its pursuit of Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas.
The 26-year-old still has plenty of time left in his career despite a relatively large accumulation of miles due to his precocious beginnings. Ending his playing days at Old Trafford must be something new manager David Moyes sells hard to the versatile Barca midfielder.
The Telegraph reported on United's follow-up bid for Fabregas on Monday:
Manchester United have made a second bid for Barcelona and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas #mufc— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) July 22, 2013
According to the BBC, the offer escalates from the previous one of £25 million to £30 million.
Persistence is key for Moyes to land a player of this caliber, and it's clear that Fabregas would bring a direly needed veteran mentor and playmaker to the line where United is thinnest.
Fabregas can create scoring opportunities with the best in the world due to his craftiness with the ball, excellent vision on the pitch and incredible anticipation with regard to passing ability.
The retired Sir Alex Ferguson left some very big shoes for Moyes to fill, and the main goal, of course, is to defend the English Premier League trophy the Red Devils picked up last season.
In order to ensure that United continues having the EPL's most formidable attack, having a player such as Fabregas to foster that would be ideal. Fabregas can also come forward as a winger and striker at times, giving Moyes a lot of versatility.
Dominating possession will also be key to maintaining a firm grasp on the trophy, which is another element that Fabregas' presence would only enhance.
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Due to the retirement of Paul Scholes, though, it's clear the Red Devils need a new sort of general on the pitch to fill the void of his role. Scholes was a brilliant passer and creator just as Fabregas is, and bringing in such a marquee player would get Moyes' tenure off to a wonderful start.
It's been a relatively inactive time in the transfer market for United despite its immense financial resources.
However, in a report by The Telegraph that goes more in-depth about the next offer for Fabregas, Moyes reminds his detractors that he's only been on the job for a brief time.
Moyes also discusses how United isn't the only prominent club making a managerial transition, and that's at least partially to blame for the perceived transfer window conservatism:
I can understand that feeling. But there have been quite a few changes. Other managers have changed their clubs too and everybody thought this might be the summer when transfers are done later in the month.
That was always the thought I had when I came into the club. You have to remember I only started on July 1, so in truth I have only been in the job three weeks at this present time.
As he continues to get settled, activity geared toward improving the Red Devils' personnel should only increase substantially. Upping the ante for Fabregas is indicative of that already, but with that said, Fabregas is a hot commodity Moyes must land to avoid criticism.
Otherwise, Moyes could be construed as using his rhetoric about being new to the job as an excuse for not landing top-notch footballers on one of the planet's most renowned sports franchises.