David De Gea has playfully admitted he is trying to persuade Cesc Fabregas to join Manchester United.
The Red Devils stopper is looking to add further Spanish flair to a squad that also includes Juan Mata. Speaking about Fabregas during an interview with television channel La Sexta, De Gea quipped: "I'm trying to get him to come," per Manuel Malagon of Marca.
De Gea faces something of a tough job, especially as Arsenal have first option on the Barcelona player if he is to leave Camp Nou. David Moyes famously failed to land Fabregas last summer, a transfer mishap that set the tone for what would be an embarrassing campaign for the recently departed United boss.
With Louis van Gaal in charge, the rebuilding club may feel that now is an excellent time to tempt Fabregas back to the Premier League. De Gea needs to spend time convincing the new boss, though, as Van Gaal reportedly "isn't bothered" by Fabregas' potential availability, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
Van Gaal is also said to be uninterested in Ander Herrera, another name that continued to crop up during Moyes' era, per Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star. The Athletic Bilbao player is outlined as a potential replacement for Fabregas at Barcelona in the aforementioned report, suggesting he could be key in any deal that would see Cesc move away from his boyhood club for the second time.
Plenty will need to change if United are to land Fabregas. Firstly, Van Gaal's mindset will need altering if Jones' article is to be believed. Secondly, the player must want to join. Most crucially, he must favour an Old Trafford move over a return to Arsenal, if the North London club deem him a worthwhile target.
Arsene Wenger's midfield is crammed with similar players, and he needs to prioritise a battling central midfielder over the ball-playing type, alongside a world-class forward and right-back. Former Gunners star Ray Parlour questioned whether Fabregas is needed, per Marc Isaacs of the Mirror:
The problem with Fabregas is where do you put him in the team? They have got very similar players to Fabregas—they have Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere—if you bring Fabregas back where do you fit him in?
De Gea's influence may give United an advantage if a transfer for Fabregas is deemed necessary. There's no doubt the side need a plethora of new talent across the board and that the player's proven talent would be an asset to any team in the world. Though, like Arsenal, United may favour an imposing physical type instead.
Van Gaal will certainly know which direction he wishes to take the team in. Whether his plans include Fabregas remain to be seen, but one thing's for certain: The Dutchman needs to land a handful of world-class stars before United can be taken seriously again.