Recent reports have suggested that new manager Louis van Gaal may have moved the goalposts in terms of transfer targets since becoming head coach at Manchester United. Long term objects of desire like Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas seem lower down the list of priorities than they were for David Moyes or Ed Woodward.
Or so we thought.
The majestic David de Gea has been talking to Fabregas about a move to Manchester United during their time together with the national squad.
When quizzed over a possible link up with Fabregas at club level, the United shot-stopper told Spanish broadcaster La Sexta: ‘I’m trying to get him to come.’
The very fact that de Gea is still trying to persuade his fellow superstar to join perhaps suggests that the deal may not be dead.
If Manchester United had made it clear to representatives that they didn’t want the Spaniard then Fabregas would have put the keeper straight immediately. The lines of communication with agents and clubs are usually very good at this time of year and the de Gea’s public comments imply that a dream move for United could still be alive.
The young stopper is clearly a popular member of the Spanish football fraternity and is good friends with Juan Mata, who he also appeared to woo to the club in January.
And despite recent reports of the deal being dead we think that Fabregas would be a superb signing for Manchester United.
Fabregas is a fully-formed international class midfielder but, at 27, still has his best years ahead of him. He signed for Barcelona in 2011 for a reported fee of €40m.
The Spaniard gives his all for whichever team he plays for and would provide the creative spark which has so patently been missing from the centre of the park for Manchester United.
Given control of the purse strings he would definitely be one of our top choices for Manchester United this summer.
Alexis Sanchez, Luke Shaw, Fabregas, Kevin Strootman, Mats Hummels and Yehven Konoplyanka. Jobs a goodun.
Let’s remind ourselves of the class of the lad. Manchester United fans: should Fab be a priority?