Manchester United get green light to lure Robert Lewandowski and Cesc Fabregas
CESC FABREGAS insists he will only quit Barcelona if they force him out of the Nou Camp.
Fabregas, who joined the Catalans from Arsenal in 2011, has been linked with a move back to the Premier League.
Manchester United have been encouraged to pursue summer moves for Robert Lewandowski and Cesc Fabregas as David Moyes attempts to strengthen the squad he has inherited at Old Trafford from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Moyes, who officially begins work at United on July 1, has yet to make a significant move in the transfer market, despite sanctioning the £1 million signing of Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela from Penarol last week.
But after being made aware of Fabregas’s readiness to leave Barcelona to return to the Premier League, United have now been told that Borussia Dortmund striker Lewandowski will continue to pursue a move away from the German club this summer, even though he accepts that he will not be allowed to complete a move to Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich.
Although Dortmund have publicly ruled out Lewandowski’s sale to Bayern, insisting that the Polish forward will see out the final 12 months of his contract at the Westfalenstadion, there is an acceptance within the club and the player’s camp that a move to England will be sanctioned.
Having failed with a £15m bid for Lewandowski last summer, United have maintained an interest in the player but retreated from the bidding after being led to believe that a deal had been struck with Bayern.
However, with that move now unlikely to progress, the Lewandowski camp expect United and Chelsea to formalise their interest in the player.
Chelsea’s interest depends on their ability to secure prime target Edinson Cavani, with Manchester City also making a tentative enquiry about Lewandowski’s intentions as a contingency plan, should they also fail to sign Napoli forward Cavani.
But with Dortmund prepared to sell Lewandowski to a non-German club for £25m, the player is keen to secure a move that could potentially see him quadruple his current £1.5m-a-year deal at Dortmund.
United’s interest in Fabregas has emerged in the wake of Moyes’s appointment as successor to Ferguson last month, with the Scot keen to bolster his midfield options at Old Trafford.
With Brazilian midfielder Anderson available for transfer, and ongoing doubts over Darren Fletcher’s ability to overcome a stomach condition to return to first-team contention, Fabregas’s discontent at Barcelona has alerted United to the former Arsenal captain’s potential availability.
But while the player is prepared to considered a return to England, Barcelona may yet provide the key obstacle should they fight to keep the Spain international.
Meanwhile, United are also monitoring Luke Shaw’s contract negotiations at Southampton, with the left-back understood to be another target of Moyes.
United have appointed the American executive David Sternberg as Head of Media at Old Trafford. Ivy league-educated Sternberg arrives at United from Universal Sports and will be charged with growing the club’s social media output.