Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Must Fight for Fabregas Signature

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, left,  duels the ball with Carlos Alberto Sanchez Moreno during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Martinez Valero stadium in Elche, Spain, on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
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Very little can be said for certain about Cesc Fabregas's future at the moment, least of all where he will be plying his trade come next season.

It has widely been reported that Barcelona are prepared to let him go for £30 million, per Matt Law in The Daily Telegraph, with highly respected Spanish football writer Guillem Balague reporting the La Liga side are hoping to raise funds to sign Atletico Madrid's Koke:

However, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said last week, "Barca do not want to sell Fabregas," per Daniel Feliciano of Sky Sports.

Despite this, increasing speculation continues about the 27-year-old's future, with a return to the Premier League looking more and more likely.

But to which club? Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been sporadically linked with the midfielder.

The most recent report from John Cross in the Daily Mirror suggests the Blues are leading the way for Fabregas' signature with Manchester United and Arsenal backing off.  

On the part of the Red Devils, this looks like a bad move. Fabregas would be hugely beneficial to the Old Trafford outfit as they look to rebuild their ailing side.

They must fight Chelsea for the Spain international's signature, as he would constitute an important and influential signing. 


Proven Quality

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United were largely uninspired in the middle of the park for the majority of the 2013-14 campaign, and although the arrival of Juan Mata looks to have been effective, creativity is still lacking.

Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverley do not inspire great confidence in the centre of midfield, and while Michael Carrick is solid, he is not a flair player.

Fabregas would provide excitement, confidence and a proven quality to both score and set up goals, which was sorely lacking as United finished seventh in the Premier League.

If proof was needed about the lack of incision in United's midfield last season, The Guardian's Sachin Nakrani provides a remarkable stat concerning the Red Devils' midfield trio:

But while Cleverley, Carrick and Fellaini were sorely lacking in through balls, Fabregas had played 21 of them by March, per Squawka:

The former Arsenal man assisted 13 goals for Barcelona in La Liga last season and scored eight more, per Wayne Rooney provided 10 assists last season, United's leading man in that respect, per ESPN FC.

One of the most remarkable things about David Moyes' United side last season was the lack of ideas. Fabregas could provide much more creativity. He has done it before and will do it again.


Relative Value

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In the search of world-class football players in the 21st century, £30 million is actually not a huge amount of money. 

It is approximately the same figure paid for Fellaini, and there can't be many who would argue against the idea that Fabregas is a considerably better player than the Belgian.

Just look at his World Cup winners medal—and the two he has for winning European Championships with Spain.

Considering Louis van Gaal reportedly has £200 million to spend this summer to rebuild United, per 101 Great Goals, there is certainly the cash available.

It is experience and skill that United need, and they will get that in Fabregas. As rumours abound that teams are cooling on their interest in the player, the Red Devils should snap him up.

He is the type of player who can galvanise a team, and he would provide the creativity so lacking from Old Trafford of late. If he is not wearing a red United shirt next season, they will have missed out on something special.