Date: 7th June 2014 at 12:25pm
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Andy Mitten believes that the bad taste left in Manchester United’s mouth after trying to sign Cesc Fabregas last summer deterred the club from moving for the midfielder this summer.

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:

received stacks of intelligence, including from their own players.

One who knew Fabregas well said: “When Cesc says no he sometimes means yes.”

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 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, and PSG. City and have to exercise caution with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play, changed their manager and Louis ’s view on Fabregas hasn’t been publicised, but will not entertain another run-around like last year.

The news will come as a disappointment to 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