David de Gea
De Gea says any deal for Fabregas would be complicated.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea remains hopeful of tempting Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford despite conceding any deal to bring the 27 year old back to the Premier League would be "complicated".

United made their interest in Fabregas public last summer but were unable to lure the World Cup winner back to the Premier League where he spent eight glittering years with Arsenal.

Since sealing his dream return to the Nou Camp in 2011, Fabregas has been unable to rediscover his very best form having often been played out of position since joining from Arsenal.

The Spanish international was a near ever-present for Barcelona last season in a trophy-less campaign for the Catalans.

Despite failing to agree a deal last summer, De Gea – who successfully lured Juan Mata to United in the January transfer window – has been attempting to convince Fabregas to return to English football but admits any deal could be complex.

"He [Fabregas] is a top player, there are many clubs who want him and is in Barcelona, the club of his life," De Gea said. "I have spoken to him to go to Manchester, but it will be complicated."

De Gea and Fabregas are both part of Spain's 30-provisional squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

After committing his immediate future to Barcelona last summer, Fabregas went on to make 36 La Liga appearances last term, scoring four goals as the club failed to win a major trophy.

Amid rumours of Arsenal and United reigniting their interest in Fabregas, new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique he is yet to make decisions over the future of several players, though Carlos Puyol and Victor Valdes have already departed.

"In principle, we have not taken any decisions like that because we still have time," he said.

"Some players are now focused on the World Cup finals, which is their job, and how it should be.

"We need to assess and evaluate now and when the time is right we will go into that and we will talk about everything."