David De Gea is hopeful that Cesc Fabregas will make the move to Manchester United this summer after failing to convince Thiago Alcantara to join him at Old Traford.
The United goalkeeper was keen for his fellow Spain U21 teammate Thiago to make the move to Manchester earlier this summer but the classy midfielder instead opted to join European champions Bayern Munich.
With Manchester United having missed out on one Barcelona midfielder they soon turned their attention to another as they twice had offers for Fabregas rejected by the Catalan club.
After failing to land Thiago, De Gea admits that it would be a major boost if they were able to tie up a deal for Fabregas.
I tried to convince him [Thiago], but it wasn't to be. He chose to join Bayern, which is a great club, and I'm sure he'll do well there," De Gea told Marca.
"He'll [Fabregas] have to make a decision whether to stay at Barcelona or join us. He'd be a great signing as he'd help us improve a lot."
Manchester United boss David Moyes admitted that he was unsure whether to make a third offer for the former Arsenal midfielder, despite the impression that the club could be short of numbers in central midfielder.
The retirement of Paul Scholes has left a major hole in the squad which has thus far gone unaddressed, despite there being less than three weeks until the new season begins.
While there remain concerns over the midfield it is not the case between the posts as De Gea excelled in his second season in the Premier League. The 22 year old fought off competition from Anders Lindegaard and is now hoping for another impressive campaign as he looks to force his way into the Spain squad for next year's World Cup in Brazil.
De Gea explained: "It's an important season for me to establish myself in the Premier League and achieve great things. The World Cup is just around the corner and I'll do everything I can to be there."