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De Gea hopes Fabregas joins him at United
David De Gea believes that Cesc Fabregas is the ideal signing as David Moyes looks to add a creative spark to his side’s midfield. United have identified Fabregas as the club’s prime midfield target this summer and have seen opening bids of £26million and £30million rejected. It is understood that United are set to return with a third and final offer worth £35million plus add-ons. And speaking to Marca, De Gea said of his compatriot: “He will have to make the decision as to whether he wants to stay (at Barcelona) or join us. It would be a very good signing and he would help us to improve greatly.” De Gea, who goes into the new season firmly established as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper, also admits that he did everything in his power to persuade Thiago Alcantara to join the Old Trafford club during the UEFA under-21 European Championships in Israel this summer. Thiago, who was strongly linked with a move to United but eventually opted to join up with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at European Champions Bayern Munich, was a teammate of De Gea as Spain strolled to their second consecutive success at the youth tournament. De Gea said: “Yes, I tried to convince him but I wasn’t able to. He would have been a great signing. He opted for Bayern, a very good club, and I am sure that he will do very well there.”
Elsewhere, The Mirror claims Sir Alex Ferguson has turned down a seat in the House of Lords in order to spend more time with his wife Cathy. The former United boss is a staunch Labour supporter and had been tipped to move into politics following his retirement from football management. However, the tabloid quotes an alleged source, who says Sir Alex is “not interested” in the role.