United’s prolonged pursuit of Cesc Fabregas took yet another twist of late with news that the decision now rested solely with the player, rather than the club.
The Telegraph notes: Barcelona had adopted a tougher stance when United’s opening bids of £25 million and £30 million for the former Arsenal midfielder were rejected. But there were more hopeful signs for Manchester United manager David Moyes as Martino indicated the will of Fabregas was now the key factor in a potential transfer.
After their earlier offers were rebuffed, United hope an increase to £35 million will seal the deal for the 26-year-old, and it seems the La Liga champions are now ready to do business.
Martino said: “I would prefer him to stay with us and I dare say he will, but it’s his decision. He is one of the best players in the squad. I think he will stay. But there’s a part that he has to decide.
“I had a short chat with him and told him what I think. Cesc will decide the situation, but it has not occurred to me that I won’t be able to count on him. He is one of the best players in the squad. I think he will stay. But there’s a part that he has to decide.”
Will Cesc turn his back on his boyhood club, alienate the fans of his former club and take a chance with a new United manager? It’s anyone’s guess but if the Barcelona star really wants to stake a claim for a place in the Spanish side for the World Cup, playing second fiddle to the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta at the Nou Camp isn’t going to help matters.
As with everything involving United transfers this Summer only time will tell……