News from the Daily Star has pleased Manchester United at the bar after the paper report that David Moyes is set to break the bank at Old Trafford with a £80 million spending spree.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas remains Moyes’ top transfer target and the club are set to make a final £40 million bid for the 26-year-old former Arsenal captain. The former Everton boss could then return to raid his old club to sign Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines in a £40 million double transfer.
Belgian international Fellaini has a release clause of around £22 million in his current contract at Goodison Park but this is set to expire in the upcoming weeks.
This could see Moyes swooping for the player before Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can make his move with the Toffees reportedly lining up Roma’s American star Michael Bradley as his replacement.
Meanwhile the England international left back Baines, who was wanted by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, could be available for under 20 million as Moyes seeks competition for Patrice Evra at Old Trafford.
Fabregas, however, remains Moyes first priority and the club are hopeful that Barca could relent on keeping the former Arsenal man at the Camp Nou.
Chief Executive Ed Woodward is understood to have held positive discussions with the Spanish club over a possible transfer for a Fabregas but United have so far been unsuccessful in their summer pursuit, seeing two earlier bids turned down.