Manchester United have been told that they can have Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas if they part with £45 million for his services.
Simon Jones of the Mail Online reports that the Catalan club would be willing to part with the 27-year-old Spanish midfielder as they look rebuild their squad after a season of failure.
Jones wrote of Fabregas:
His position remains the same but the club [Barcelona] expect a summer of change and his prospective sale plus that of Alexis Sanchez could represent the best way of generating income for the pending changes.
Fabregas was heavily linked with a move to United last summer with David Moyes speaking publicly about trying to entice the player, per Sky Sports.
And new United boss Louis van Gaal spoke to the press regarding new signings at Old Trafford on Monday. Paul Collins of the Mail Online quotes the veteran manager as saying:
United is the biggest club in the world marketing-wise. But, also, if you look at their budget, they have to finish high.
We don’t talk about money, we talk about the players I want. We’ll have to see if we can get them. We also talked about who can go.
There is every possibility that Van Gaal will revive United's serious interest in Fabregas as the club looks to bring in star names to rebuild their failing squad.
Despite Barcelona's reported willingness to sell, the player has featured heavily in La Liga for them this season, appearing 36 times and scoring eight goals, per Squawka.
BeIn Sports correspondent and CNN contributor Tancredi Palmeri took to Twitter to confirm that it appears a deal could happen, with the player interested in the transfer:
Manchester United have already started negotiations with Fabregas: he's the first priority for Van Gaal, player keen to move(from 'STADIUM')— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) May 16, 2014
Despite the large transfer fee, Fabregas would be an excellent first addition to Van Gaal's new-look United if the club can convince the player to depart from Barca.
Fabregas has been jeered by certain sections of his own support this season and he may feel the time is right for a fresh and dynamic challenge.
There is always the option for him to return to north London and Arsenal, but with the Gunners falling away so sharply in the league this year and finishing fourth he may feel they have not made the progress to tempt him to return.
Despite United's lowly finish this past season, Fabregas will know that in Van Gaal the club have an exceptional coach who can bring back the good times immediately.
Is Cesc Fabregas worth £45 million?
United would be a different kind of challenge for Fabregas as the North-West giants look to completely reinvent their midfield.
Fabregas would give United the experience and technical quality they so badly have lacked in his position for a very long time.
With his added knowledge of the Premier League, he would hit the ground running and not need time to settle in to an English move.