The Premier League Champions are losing heart in their pursuit of Fabregas and will instead try and sign Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.
Manchester United are ready to make a move for Marouane Fellaini as their attempts at signing Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas look doomed, Goal.com reports.
Fabregas is set to hold talks with Barcelona’s new manager, Gerardo Martino later on Monday and it is thought the Spaniard will be persuaded to stay at the Nou Camp for at least one more season.
This means that United will need to find an alternative to the Spaniard and manager David Moyes is considering making a move for one of his former players at Everton.
Moyes brought Fellaini to Goodison Park when he was Everton manager and he is now looking to be re-united with the Belgian at Old Trafford.
Fellaini currently has a £22 million release clause in his contract at Everton, meaning United will be able to speak to the midfielder if they pay the necessary amount.
Moyes will be disappointed to lose out on Fabregas, who was his main transfer target this summer but Fellaini could be an excellent alternative, with the Belgian possessing many qualities, such as power and strength.
United desperately need to re-enforce their midfield this summer due to Paul Scholes recent retirement and Darren Fletcher’s long term illness.