Former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin believes that Cesc Fabregas has emerged as Manchester United's top target in the summer and the Red Devils will do everything in their power to land the Barcelona midfielder. David Moyes will face competition from Arsenal, who are understood to be willing to bring the midfielder back to the Emirates.

Cesc Fabregas (R)

"Cesc Fabregas has zoomed up Manchester United's transfer target list to the top position and the champions are going to move heaven and earth to get him. The Barcelona star wants out of the Nou Camp and United want him badly, so the deal should be done easily enough," he told the Sunday World newspaper.

"Fabregas is just the sort of all-action midfield player United need if they are to make a run at next season's Champions League. Cesc won't be short of offers for I believe this is going to be a transfer season where eye-boggling amounts of money will be spent," he added.

Arsenal are believed to be favourites to sign the Spaniard if Barcelona decide to sell. However, Manchester United are willing to bid up to £40m. In addition, Irwin believes United are also interested in Southampton starlet Luke Shaw and Nani and Patrice Evra will leave.

"Nani will go to Monaco and Patrice Evra may well return to the same club, from whom he joined United. I've also heard a word that the new manager might have Luke Shaw at the top of his list. The teenage Southampton full-back is the latest in a long line of prodigies from that club's excellent youth system," he added.

Meanwhile, another former United player, striker Dwight Yorke, believes Moyes should do everything he can to stop Wayne Rooney from leaving. The striker has been linked with an exit since it was confirmed that he placed a transfer request.

"Manchester United are about retaining the best players and Rooney is one of those. It would be a huge disappointment if he decided to leave the football club and I'm sure David Moyes will be looking to keep hold of him," Yorke said.