Fab deal or a load of Gas?

Cesc FabregasManchester United’s approach for Cesc Fabregas has been little short of farcical. David Moyes seems determined to sign a marquee player this summer to prove that even with the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, United can still attract the big name players. However, by playing this saga out in the public eye, Moyes seems set to end up with egg on his face.

The club were reportedly snubbed by their primary target Thiago Alcantara, who chose a re-union with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich rather than a move to the Premiership champions. Fans have been understandably concerned by the lack of transfer activity under their new manager and Moyes has moved to appease them. However, by making their bids public he could do quite the opposite.

Fabregas has repeatedly stated his love for the club and his desire to stay at the club where he gained his football education. Barcelona have said they are not interested in selling the player. Despite the English media trying to portray him as a first choice regular Cesc actually started more games than any outfield player for Barcelona last season (31), was second highest goalscorer (behind Leo Messi) and third highest on the assist list (behind Andres Iniesta and Messi).

There may be a level where Barca will agree a deal, every player has his price, but I suggest they make the most of United’s desire to capture a big name player and push the price up. If as I expect, United fail to land the Spanish midfielder, the former Toffees manager could find himself in a sticky situation!

About Pablo Bakero

I am Pablo Bakero. People call me Pablo. I played professionally for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Osasuna, Celta Vigo, Atletico Madrid, Boca Juniors and Exeter City during my 25 year playing career. I later took on various coaching role for teams in the Cotswolds before being selected as the proud manager of the Spanish national team. Since retiring from my long and illustrious playing and managerial career in Shin Kicking, however, I have decided to take up a career in football journalism (a sport I previously knew nothing about, but one that they say shares the odd trait with my own beloved sport).

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