United attempted to sign Fabregas last summer on good authority that he was available but it appeared that the club were receiving mixed messages and eventually gave up on signing the Spaniard:
United received stacks of intelligence, including from their own players.
One who knew Fabregas well said: “When Cesc says no he sometimes means yes.”
United tired of playing a game of smoke and mirrors where two versions of ‘the truth’ appeared to exist. They never did return with a third bid and Barca’s sporting department and Fabregas got their way.
After the season Barcelona have had the club decided to sell him, something United became aware of in April, but after being run around last summer, Mitten claims that United didn’t entertain the news:
Given his high wages, the only clubs who could afford Fabregas are United, City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG. City and PSG have to exercise caution with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play, United changed their manager and Louis van Gaal’s view on Fabregas hasn’t been publicised, but United will not entertain another run-around like last year.
The news will come as a disappointment to United fans who believe that Cesc could very well improve our ailing midfield, but you can understand United’s viewpoint, given everything that happened last summer.
Quotes come from Mitten’s piece in the MEN