It seems that unlikely as it appears, the Fabregas rumour will not go away. It is widely known that Manchester United manager, David Moyes, is a long-time admirer of Fabregas from his days as Everton manager, however, he now has the buying power of Manchester United behind him and it has been suggested that he will make enquiries about the midfielder. Of course, we know that Arsenal have first refusal, so everyone assumes that Wenger will countenance a massive bid to bring the player back to Arsenal. However, it is not quite that simple; Wenger will not want to blow the majority of his budget on one player, even if it is Fabregas, because he knows that he has the opportunity this season to buy players in areas where they are desperately needed and rebuild his team to compete for the title next season. Manchester United are rumoured to be preparing a £40m deal for Fabregas and despite the denials from such an auspicious football icon as Guillem Balague, it does appear that United are serious. Fabregas is due to have talks with manager Tito Villanova in the next few days about his future so it will become clearer once that has happened where he will be next season.
Thiago Alcantra is a Spain U-21 midfielder who is currently playing in the U-21 championships in Israel, but that has not stopped David Moyes making a £15m offer for the player. Thiago has become increasingly disillusioned at Barcelona and feels that his first team chances are being limited. Moyes has put chief scout Jim Lawlor on the case to set up a deal for Spain Under-21 skipper as well as making contact with the Alcantara camp, with his father - Brazil hero Mazinho - open to the transfer. United’s new manager has made progress behind the scenes and hopes to put an offer to both club and player shortly.
I have discussed Lewandowski at length in previous articles. Insiders at Old Trafford told me that Sir Alex did make enquiries about the player last year, but went for Van Persie instead; the idea being to make a bid this season. David Moyes has now looked through the transfer dossiers and has been encouraged by Borussia Dortmund stating that they will not sell his to Bayern Munich under any circumstances. That has given Moyes the green light to meet the £25.5m fee which Dortmund has put on the player for a foreign club to pay for the player. I expect United to make a serious play for the player in the next couple of weeks.
Luke Shaw is another England U-21 player who currently plays for Southampton. He is the next hot property on the Southampton youth conveyor belt that has brought through players such as Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Chelsea has also expressed an interest, but it seems that the player would like a move to Old Trafford. With Everton digging in their heels over Leighton Baines, Moyes might have to switch his attention elsewhere and Shaw looks like the obvious choice. United will not want to miss out again like they did with Gareth Bale and I expect an offer of around £10m for the exciting left back to be made shortly.