Manchester United Transfer News: Cesc Fabregas Signing Would Redeem Quiet Summer

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 01:  Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Malaga CF at Camp Nou on June 1, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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We've all seen this romantic comedy. Guy likes girl. Girl isn't into guy. Guy goes about doing a series of things that might impress girl, which often fail spectacularly and hilariously. Guy doesn't give up. Girl eventually sees something in guy that wasn't evident on the surface. Girl falls for guy. 

Happily ever after and kissing and stuff. The end. 

Turns out, that romantic comedy blueprint could also quite aptly describe Manchester United's pursuit of Cesc Fabregas this summer. The Red Devils keep trying to win Fabregas, but the player has either remained inclined to stick with Barcelona or the Catalans need a bigger transfer fee to break up with the midfielder. 

But that hasn't stopped United from trying thus far. And according to David Moyes, it won't stop them now, either. And frankly, if the Red Devils end up with Fabregas, it will make up for what has otherwise been a really slow summer for the Premier League champions. 

From Sky Sports:

Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club are continuing with their attempts to sign midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

United have had two bids for the Spain international turned down already but Moyes insists they have not given up hope of landing the former Arsenal man.

Asked about the potential deal at a Thursday press conference as United continue their tour of Japan, Moyes said: "It is ongoing."

Everyone knows what Fabregas would bring to United, giving the team a player in central midfield that would quickly become this team's talisman, with his ability to play in a central pairing, behind the striker or even out wide if called upon to do so. 

His technical prowess, vision and ability to score goals would give United a true focal point, and frankly would be one of, if not the best signing of the summer transfer window period. 

Here's a comparison of Fabregas' goals and assists compared to United's leaders in each category:

Sure, Wayne Rooney might leave. But honestly, if United lands Fabregas, would it really matter? With either Fabregas or Shinji Kagawa to play behind the striker, Rooney would actually be pretty expendable. 

Never thought you'd hear that, huh?

Moyes is going to have to do something soon. It's tough enough replacing a legend like Sir Alex Ferguson. But when your first summer has mainly been a game of "Will he, won't he?" about Rooney departing the club and there haven't been any exciting signings for fans to latch on to, the pressure only rises. 

Plus, Manchester City has dramatically improved this summer, while Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all figure to be better. There will be a serious fight for the Premier League title this season. 

It's time for United to get their man and bring Fabregas back to England. It's time for that one last stunt from the boy to change the girl's mind. 

Then everyone can have happily ever after and kissing and stuff at Old Trafford.

The end. 


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