There has been further news on David Moyes’s attempts to strengthen Manchester United’s midfield this summer. One of the incoming manager’s biggest targets to boost an area of the squad that will be hit by the retirement of Paul Scholes and uncertain futures of Anderson and Darren Fletcher is Cesc Fabregas. It has been reported that United have already made contact with Barcelona of the Spain international.
After a less than overwhelming two-years since returning to his boyhood club, it has been suggested that Barcelona would consider an offer in excess of £25 million. One complication to a deal could be a buyback clause that Arsenal inserted into the deal that saw their captain leave for the Camp Nou in 2011. And, according to the Daily Mirror, Fabregas “dreams” about returning to Arsenal.
Yet, both clubs could be disappointed with respected Spanish journalist for Sky Sports Guillem Balague stating that both Fabregas has no intention of moving this summer and Barcelona having no inclination to allow him to leave for the time being.
Moyes could then turn his attentions to other targets. One of those may well be Luka Modric, with the Guardian becoming the latest outlet to report that United are interested in the Real Madrid midfielder. The Croatian playmaker has endured a difficult first season in Spain but his fortunes have improved since scoring a stunning goal against United to help his side progress to the Champions League quarterfinals. With a new manager arriving at the Bernabeu this summer, there could well be a high turnover of players and a significant offer may persuade Madrid to sell.
With Moyes coming in there could also be players departing Old Trafford this transfer window. One of those that may be off is Anders Lindegaard, who endured a disappointing past campaign. United have long been linked to Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic to provide some experienced competition for David de Gea.
Begovic’s future has been called into question since Stoke signed young England goalkeeper Jack Butland in January. Stoke chairman Peter Coates has admitted that they would find it hard to stand in the Bosnian’s way if a good offer from a top club came in.
"Asmir is a super professional player," he told Sky Sports. "We like him very much. He is a top, top goalkeeper. I think he is as good as anybody in the Premier League. But he is also ambitious. If top clubs come for your players, I do not think you can deny them the opportunity. That is my view. But it would depend very much on the money being right. We are not looking to sell him. We are not expecting to sell him. We expect him to be our goalkeeper next season."
Meanwhile there has been a report that Manchester United could renew their interest in Serbian youngster Adem Ljajic. The 21-year-old was set to move to Old Trafford in 2010, but United reneged on an agreement to sign the attacking midfielder at the last minute. Ljajic subsequently moved to Fiorentina and had his best season to date this term scoring 11 goals in Serie A, including a hat-trick on the final day. And now Ljajic, who is already interesting Milan, could also be on Moyes’s radar, according to Sportske.net.