Manchester United may have finally received some good news in their pursuit of Spain international midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The Mail Online believes the 26-year-old Barcelona player has told friends he is keen on joining the Premier League champions.
Fabregas joined the Spanish champions from Arsenal two years ago but has yet to establish himself as a key player for the Nou Camp club, with compatriots Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta ahead of him in the pecking order.
And with the presence of a number of attacking and defensive talents - Pedro, Alexis Sanchez, David Villa, Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara and, of course Lionel Messi - the former Gunners' skipper was reportedly unsettled for most of last season.
That prompted interested from Old Trafford, with David Moyes looking to strengthen his central midfield options. United have already had two bids rejected for the player; the Mail reports the most recent valued him in excess of £30m.
Barcelona were hoping to convince Fabregas that the sale of Thiago (to Bayern Munich) and Villa (to Atlético Madrid) could translate into increased game time this season. In addition, the Spanish giants have recently appointed Argentine manager Gerardo Martino (after Tito Vilanova resigned on health grounds) and the former Newell's Old Boys boss is a known admirer of Fabregas.
The La Liga club have, so far, repeatedly stressed that Fabregas remains a valuable member of their first team. And unless the player himself makes a formal request, it is unlikely he will be transferred, particularly since he is contracted to the side till 2016.
However, it now appears Fabregas sees a better future for himself at Old Trafford. The lure of linking with former Arsenal team mate Robin van Persie must also be a factor; admittedly, the prospect of van Persie and Fabregas at the head of United's attack is a hugely entertaining prospect.
Belgian Youngster Hopes for First Team Chance
United reserve team player Adnan Januzaj believes he has impressed Moyes enough to be given a first team slot for the new season. The 18-year-old playmaker is with the first team on their pre-season tour of Asia and came off the bench late in the second half to replace van Persie.
"It will maybe be a chance for me, so we will see in the future what will happen. I think it's a big season for me. I've tried to impress the manager. I worked hard last season. I didn't play in my favourite position, more as a striker, but I think I did well," Januzaj explained.
Januzaj is in the final two years of his contract and the Mail Online believes he could be handed a new deal soon, particularly since both Barcelona and Serie A champions Juventus are rumoured to be interested in the player.