Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly the biggest target of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal this summer, with the Dutchman said to be willing to pay up to £40 million (est. $67.5 million) to secure the Spaniard’s services, per Daily Star. Fabregas enjoyed a successful stint in the Premier League with Arsenal prior to signing with Barcelona, and with the La Liga runners-up set to reshuffle their squad, van Gaal will look to test the mettle of new Barca boss Luis Enrique.
Fabregas has also been linked with a move to former club Arsenal, and has been linked with a move to United for several months. Cesc was a target for former boss David Moyes, though he decided to stick with his boyhood club. Whether the appointment of van Gaal along with Barca bringing in a new manager with new ideas can contribute to Fabregas making the move to Old Trafford remains to be seen.
After missing out on Toni Kroos, who opted to stay at Bayern Munich, reports have suggested that van Gaal in fact declined the imminent move for Kroos in order to focus on signing Fabregas. Reports also suggest that United are willing to offer up to £250,000 (est. $420,000) per week for the Spaniard, who will appear in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Louis van Gaal has prioritised a new central midfielder as one of the main areas he needs to strengthen ahead of the pivotal 2014-15 campaign, with the new manager reportedly interested in the likes of Kevin Strootman and William Carvalho.