Of course, you cannot fault the club for lack of effort. After having two bids already rejected by Barcelona, United are planning a third bid according to Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail:
Manchester United are prepared to break their transfer record with a third and final offer of £35million 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.
In many cases, a club could target a player and continue to offer more money until the other side finally agrees to a deal. Unfortunately, this has not exactly been a negotiation process. Instead, Barcelona have been adamant that their player is not going anywhere.
This was what happened when Tito Vilanova was in charge of the La Liga club. According to Sky Sports, the former manager said of Fabregas, "I had a conversation with him, and he let me know that he wanted to stay here, and his dream is to be successful here. So he is not thinking about any other club, not even for money or for minutes."
Although Vilanova stepped down due to health concerns, new manager Gerardo Martino has kept the same stance. Jack De Menezes of the Independent quotes Martino as saying:
I'm not going to involve myself in the club's accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third.
In other words, Fabregas will remain here.
While the Premier League club could have some leverage if the player himself was set on leaving, it appears as though he is satisfied in his current situation.
Fabregas came up through the youth program at Barcelona and was thrilled when he got the opportunity to finally come home after transferring from Arsenal. He told fans at the time that he "waited many days, months and years for this moment," according to ESPN.
It is unlikely he will have worked this hard to go to his dream club only to return to England a couple of years later.
Therefore, this entire situation comes down to Manchester United wanting a player that is not for sale and does not want to move.
Sure, players like David de Gea want a transfer to happen, with the young goalkeeper telling Marca that Fabregas would help the Red Devils (via the Telegraph). Unfortunately, that is not enough to complete a deal.
It makes sense that the defending EPL champions want to make a huge splash this summer by acquiring someone like Fabregas. With new manager David Moyes, the club wants to send a message to fans that it will be as good as ever.
The problem is that these bids are unrealistic. Going after unattainable targets might show that they are trying, but it does not matter if they come up empty handed after the summer ends.
With the latest bid most likely to be rejected, Manchester United should start looking at more realistic midfield targets that will actually help the club next season. It will not help anyone if they keep wasting their time focusing on things that will not happen.
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