Manchester United Transfer News: Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez Exits Likely

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2014

CORRECTS THE NAME OF BARCELONA'S OPPONENTS  FC Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, right, celebrates with his teammate Alexis Sanchez, from Chile, after scoring against Levante during a Copa del Rey soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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The Barcelona careers of Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez could be about to come to an end, with Manchester United being alerted to the players' situations.

Simon Jones of the Mail Online reports that Fabregas has been the subject of derision from the Camp Nou crowd with the Catalans showing their disdain toward him, continually whistling the Spanish international when he touches the ball.

Jones writes that Fabregas' team-mate Andres Iniesta said after the win over Athletic Bilbao: "Of course it hurts to see Cesc jeered. You try to ignore it and hope it does not happen, but these situations are not comfortable."

Jones also reports that attacker Sanchez could find himself surplus to requirements at the club. He quotes Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu saying:

Some decisions have been made and there are others to be made. This is not the time to announce them because we are still playing in competition. There will be time for that in a few weeks. A lot of work has been done and it has all been good work. There won't be a revolution, but there will be in-depth restructuring of the football team.

Fabregas had been linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout last summer's transfer window, with United having two high-profile bids rejected by Barca, per Ben Jefferson of The Express. 

Jefferson reported at the time that Fabregas had said he would not have joined the Manchester giants even if they had doubled his salary.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 03:  Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona reacts after missing a chance to score during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sporting Gijon at Camp Nou on March 3, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. FC Barcelona won 3-1.  (Photo by David Ra
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However, his stance might have changed with the treatment he has received from his own supporters.

The 26-year-old midfielder has a good return from his 32 La Liga matches this season, scoring eight times and creating 51 chances, per Squawka. It feels like the Barcelona fans have singled him out unfairly, and this will surely unsettle him. 

Fabregas and Sanchez would both be the type of players that United would look to sign after a hugely disappointing campaign this season. With an imminent change in management coming for the Old Trafford club, they will be enthused to sign top-class names for any new manager. 

Fabregas has excellent first-hand knowledge of the Premier League but it is questionable whether he is the type of midfielder United need at present. 

With the weak core that United have shown since the retirement of Paul Scholes, the club have needed a more dominant type of player to control their centre.

Fabregas has played as an attacking midfielder in recent years but he has also played deeper during his career, especially in England. 

Sanchez would be viewed as a possible replacement for Nani, if the Portuguese player is shown the door at the club. The winger found it difficult to break into David Moyes' side this season. 

The Chile international player has continually proved that he can score goals at the highest level, hitting the net 17 times this season in the Spanish league in his 30 appearances, per Squawka.

Sanchez would offer fluidity to United's attack as they look to add pace and quality to the team.

Both players would be welcomed at Old Trafford by The Faithful at the club as they look toward a brand new era of rebuilding and success.