Manchester United’s interest in Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas seems to have been kindled again, going by the words of Barcelona manager, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, who admitted part of the decision about a move rests with the 26-year-old Spaniard.
Two offers- £25m and £30m- from United have already been rejected by the La Liga champions with a third club record offer in consideration.
Meanwhile Barca has been clear on their stance that the midfielder is not for sale but Martino’s latest comment carries a softer tone.
Speaking after the 8-0 thrashing of Brazilian club Santos at the Nou Camp on Friday, the Argentine tactician said:
“I would prefer him to stay with us and I dare say he will, but it’s his decision.
“I had a short chat with him and told him what I think.
“Cesc will decide the situation, but it has not occurred to me that I won’t be able to count on him.
“He is one of the best players in the squad. I think he will stay. But there’s a part that he has to decide.”
Since re-joining the Catalans in 2011, Fabregas has played a bit-part role for the side which many believe has left him disenchanted. Last season he started 30 of Barcelona’s 38 league games but was substituted on 16 occasions. He was in the starting line-up in 6 of Barca’s 12 games in the Champions League but was subbed on three occasions.
Martino reiterated he wants the midfielder to stay, adding: “If it was my decision, there wouldn’t be any chance of Cesc leaving.”