Report: Manchester United Prepare A £35 Million Bid For Cesc Fabregas

"There's *more* stupid Manchester United rumours?" - David Ramos

Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester United may be preparing a £35 million bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas after missing out on Thiago Alcantara

After missing out on transfer target Thiago Alcantara, Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester United have turned their attentions back to Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, and according to "Sky Sources", United are readying a £35 million bid for the former Arsenal captain. Who are these "sources" I hear you ask? Well, no-one quite knows, but to put this rumour into perspective, notorious Spanish journalist Guillem Balague is also claiming that Manchester United have made a bid, although he seems to think that it's around the €30 million mark.

Of course, there might be some truth to this report; Manchester United do need a midfielder, and Cesc Fabregas is a midfielder. He's also proven in the English Premier League, unlike Thiago Alcantara, which is said to have played a part in United's failed bid for the talented Spaniard; but even if there is some truth to the rumour, it doesn't mean that Barcelona are looking to sell Fabregas. In fact, I would wager that it's quite the opposite; Cesc was already a crucial member of the first-team squad prior to Thiago's departure, and now that Thiago has finally gone, Fabregas is likely to see even more minutes in the first team.

On the other hand, £35 million is a lot of money -- more than Barcelona paid Arsenal just two seasons ago -- and with those extra funds, Barcelona could surely sign number one target Thiago Silva, and possibly throw in a move for Marquinhos just for good measure. Who knows, maybe they could sign Ilkay Gundogan as well, especially having received €25 million from Bayern for Thiago...

But all joking aside, this rumour just seems stupid, but hey, if United want to waste time on a wild goose chase, then who am I to stop them?

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