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United miss Thiago and grow keen on Fabregas
Bayern on Sunday reached agreement with Barcelona on a €25m deal for 22-year-old Thiago, despite United’s interest, and the loss of that target will increase the appeal of Fabregas. The Premier League club face a tough battle if they are to secure the 26-year-old midfielder, though. The loss of Thiago to the Bundesliga champions will reduce Barcelona’s inclination to sell and United would need to find in the order of £34m if they are to secure the former Arsenal player’s services. There has been an acceptance at United that Fabregas is the type of player the club need as they enter a new era under the management of David Moyes. Ryan Giggs is expected to play a lesser on-field role, having become a player-coach this summer, Paul Scholes has retired and Darren Fletcher’s comeback date is unclear. Any interest in Fabregas from Arsenal would create another immediate impediment for United. The deal that took Fabregas back to Spain gave the London club a £25m first-option clause, should they want to take him back. That would give them first refusal at that reduced price.
The Times features comments made by David Moyes, who has suggested Wayne Rooney will second fiddle to Robin van Persie this coming season. “Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we are going to need him and I want as many options as possible,” said Moyes. “It’s going to be a time to see how I work with him. We need to see how it works. Maybe in a year’s time we might have to look at something else.”
Elsewhere, in The Metro, Wilfried Zaha has played down talk of a loan move back to his former club Crystal Palace – a story that was first published on ManUtd.com over the weekend.