Exclusive: Man United Close In On Club Record £40m Deal to Sign Barcelona Midfielder Cesc Fabregas

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Old Trafford side to make fresh offer for Nou Camp star.

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Man United are closing in on a deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas with the Old Trafford side already in talks with the Nou Camp side.

CaughtOffside understands that incoming boss Louis van Gaal has given his seal of approval on the latest offer for the Spanish international, who has already been the subject of two failed bids from the Premier League side.

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Man United chief executive Ed Woodward is set to meet representatives of the La Liga side on Monday and will hope that an offer of £40m will be accepted by the Catalan giants which will then leave the former Arsenal man free to discuss terms on a move.

The 27 year old is said to be considering his options at Barcelona though the departure of boss Gerardo Martino may lead to Fabregas being more open to remaining at the club he first joined at the age of ten.

Fabregas has become the subject of a fair bit of abuse from his own supporters this term and has become something of a scapegoat for a rare trophy-less Barcelona season. This is perhaps all the more hard for the cultured attacker to take given he finished the campaign as the club’s leading assist maker and also racked up 13 goals in all competitions.

Man United will hope that the installing of a respected manager like Louis van Gaal will help the club challenge for top talents this summer, this being all the more relevant given there is no Champions League action on offer for any prospective target.

Fabregas’s proven Premier League track record is a key factor in Man United willingness to break their club record transfer fee and they hope the presence of fellow countrymen David de Gea and Juan Mata also helps their cause.

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