Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Cesc Fabregas Saga Must Come to Close

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 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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Another day, another update on Manchester United's pursuit of Cesc Fabregas. At some point, the Red Devils will either pry Fabregas away from Barcelona or finally, mercifully, give up the chase. 

And that point needs to come soon. Eventually, a never-ending, fruitless pursuit of one player is just bad for business. 

One would guess United's most recent rumoured bid for the Spanish star would be its last. Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail has the details on the Red Devils' latest offer for Fabregas:

Manchester United are prepared to break their transfer record with a third and final offer of £35 million for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. The Spain midfielder is David Moyes's prime target as United's new boss looks to add a creative spark ahead of the start of the season. 

The Barclays Premier League champions have been negotiating with Barcelona for several weeks, with opening bids of £26m and £30m rejected by the Catalan side. 

Now, United look set to return with a bid approaching £35m plus add-ons that would smash the £30.75m Sir Alex Ferguson paid to land Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. 

There is no doubt that Fabregas is a fantastic player, and would really give United a creative force in the midfield. His addition this summer would make him the top player entering the Premier League via a transfer this summer. 

But while United has been swooning over Fabregas and figuring out what to do with Wayne Rooney, other Premier League clubs have improved. Chelsea added Andre Schurrle but kept the core of their young team together. 

Manchester City brought in a small army of signings, all of them of a very high quality. Tottenham added Paulinho and looks close to adding Roberto Soldado, though the team's entire summer will come down to whether Gareth Bale stays or goes.

Meanwhile, Arsenal apparently has a ton of cash, which it may or may not use at some point. However, if the team does eventually end up signing Luis Suarez, they would have to be considered a title contender. 

At some point, United needs to do some business, Fabregas or no Fabregas. The defending champions obviously have a strong and deep squad, but if you aren't getting better every season, you are getting worse—especially in a league as competitive as the Premier League. 

United really need to add another solid player in the midfield.

If not Fabregas, Crafton notes that Everton's Marouane Fellaini or Real Madrid's Luka Modric are both targets for the Red Devils. 

And each would be a very nice consolation prize.

At some point, United will have to shift its focus to plan B. 

The sooner, the better, for both United and the club's fans tired of riding the Fabregas roller-coaster.


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