After two failed attempts at luring Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford, Manchester United are poised to make a final, club record, in a bid to tempt the Spanish club into selling. The Daily Mail reported that the £35 million figure would represent United's last attempt at signing the player. Should Barcelona reject this figure, the Manchester club would turn its attention to either Real Madrid's Luka Modric or Everton's Marouane Fellaini.
The transfer fee would be the highest in the club's history, eclipsing Sir Alex Ferguson's £30.75million capture of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
The Daily Mail said Fabregas may be open to the possibility of joining last year's Premier League champions as he is keen to re-unite with former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie. The key hindrance to United is Barelona's unwillingness to sell the player.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has urged his countryman to make the switch to the Premier League.
"[Fabgreas] has to make a decision to stay [at Barcelona] or come to us," De Gea told Marca. "He would be a great signing, and would help us to improve."
De Gea's record of convincing Spanish midfielder's to join United is not the best, having failed with Thiago Alcantara. Bayern Munich have completed the capture of Thiago.
"Yes, I tried to convince him, but it could not be," De Gea said. "He would have been a good signing. He decided for Bayern who are a very good club, and I'm sure he'll do very well."
For David Moyes it is of equal importance to hold on to their current players' as it is to purchase new ones. Striker Javier Hernandez, who is third choice for United up front, may be on the way to Spain with Valencia showing interest.
The Daily Mail believes that the Spanish club, who are preparing for life without Roberto Soldado who is expected to join Tottenham Hotspur for £26 million this summer, are eyeing Hernandez as his replacement. The move would be a season-long loan as opposed to a permanent transfer.
However, Valencia are not confident that United will be willing to sell the Mexico international. Such a transfer hinges on the player's desire to attain more playing time.