United launched an opening bid of £25million for the Spanish midfielder this week, and the news is that Barcelona are willing to sell, but only for the right price.
United are willing to go as high as £31million for the playmaker, in a deal that would eclipse the record £30.8million the club paid Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
While United are desperate to sign the 26-year-old, it is thought Fabregas has a desire to stay at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova spoke of Fabregas’ desire to stay and fight for a place at the club on Tuesday.
“I’m aware there have been offers. I had a conversation with him and he told me that he wanted to continue here and that he didn’t want to go to another big club. He wants to succeed here,” Vilanova said.
Meanwhile Manchester United goalkeeper and fellow Spaniard David De Gea has spoken of his desire to link up with Fabregas at Old Trafford.
“It would be great if Cesc came here,” said De Gea. “It would be great to have more Spanish players at Manchester United.
“He’s a great player; very skilful, knows how to win things. You always want those type of players in your team.”
United are keen to launch a second bid quickly as they look to fend off potential interest from former club Arsenal, who have a £25million first refusal on the player.
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