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Ex-Arsenal skipper Fabregas on Man Utd radar as Moyes considers Barcelona raid

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Monday, July 15, 2013
8:19 AM

Transfer news: Robin van Persie linked up with Manchester United for the Australia leg of their pre-season tour amid speculation of renewed interest in the Dutchman’s former Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas.

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Van Persie and David de Gea were excused the weekend defeat to Singha All Stars in Bangkok in order to give them maximum recovery time after their summer international commitments.

But both have now joined David Moyes’ squad for an intense week of training in Australia ahead of Saturday’s sell-out clash with an A-League All Stars outfit at ANZ Stadium.

However, it is the link with Fabregas that will intrigue United fans.

The club were said to be interested in the former Gunners’ skipper earlier in the summer, only to cool off when Fabregas stated his intention to stay at Barcelona.

Having missed out on another Barca midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, who has joined Bayern Munich, it is thought Moyes is now considering an inquiry about Fabregas, who like Thiago cannot be guaranteed a regular place in a Barca outfit that will be bolstered by Neymar’s arrival.

Moyes has now gone on record to say he is looking to strengthen his midfield and Fabregas fits the template for the type of player they need to operate alongside Michael Carrick.

Finance to back what would be a costly transfer would not be an issue if chief executive Ed Woodward is to be believed.

“We haven’t got money burning a hole in our pocket but we have got a strategy on player purchases and if David wants to go after a stellar player he can do that,” said Woodward over the weekend.

United have been linked with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale in recent weeks.

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